Lisa Vogt says she and the rest of the Micheal & Dowd family and employees are hoping that by next Friday, the business will have a building space to rent in Vinton, and begin preparing to resume its sales of La-Z-Boy furniture, appliance and floor coverings.
“We are looking for a place to rent to keep going,” said Vogt on Friday. “We will know more next week.”
Over the next few weeks, conversations with insurance adjusters and others will determine if, and when, rebuilding the business at the corner of First Avenue and West Fourth Street can take place.
“We are hopeful that we can rebuild there, but things can change,” says Vogt.
The Vogts and all of the employees of Michael & Dowd are very grateful for all the support they have received from so many people in the past week.
“So many people hugged me or called,” says Vogt. “We want to thank the firefighters especially and the city council members; they were there the entire time, along with the mayor. So many people were always giving support and helping us through this situation. It’s very humbling and overwhelming to be in such loving community.”
Vogt said its impossible to thank everyone by name, but expressed gratitude to the Ehlingers, Paul and Karilea Ries, Dianne Kenney, Melinda Schoettmer and Kevin Schlarbaum for being there during this time.
Vogt had been at the business until around 7 p.m. the night of the fire, along with carpet layer Mark Schmelzer and his wife, Ann. Everything was fine when they left but just a few minutes later, the fire had begun. Less than 24 hours later, her family watched as the remains of the building the 82-year-old business had occupied for more than a half-century were demolished.