By ADAM DRAPCHO, LACONIA DAILY SUN
TILTON — Aug. 2 was a bad day for SAF Fire N' Stone, the full-service stove, hearth and chimney business that has been located on Laconia Road for six years. On that day, a delivery truck knocked down the power lines, which landed on the showroom building and started a fire that has rendered the building unusable.
The end of summer is the beginning of the heating season, so there was no time to sit idle while a new building could be constructed. So, while their employees were busy servicing customers with installation of new stoves and chimney repairs, owners Angelo and Sarah Farruggia scrambled to construct a showroom space within the warehouse, located at the same Laconia Road address.
Fire N' Stone will be hosting a grand opening of its new showroom this weekend.
"It's not as grand as we're used to," Angelo Farruggia said, looking around the space, but the renovated warehouse serves its role as a place to display a range of wood, gas and pellet stoves, both free-standing and wall inserts. The showroom is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. The grand opening weekend kicks off on Friday, Sept. 30, and will mark the beginning of a 10-day sale, featuring discounts on stoves, parts and installation.
It took a Herculean effort to convert half of the warehouse into a space welcoming for customers. Carpentry, gas lines, painting – the list of tasks kept Farruggia busy for most of his waking hours since the fire. It was far more than he could handle himself, and with his crew busy around the clock with service calls, he said he owes his grand opening to the willingness of local contractors to work Fire N' Stone into their schedules.
"What made it possible, beyond my own guys' work, was the local contractors who stepped up," he said, naming Joe Boxer Plumbing, Total Security, Absolute Electrical, Steve Buy Heating and Cooling, and Same Day Computers as especially helpful in his predicament. "Without them, we'd be dead in the water."
Farruggia said he and Sarah plan to rebuild the burned-out building, which will take about a year to complete. Until then, Fire N' Stone will be able to serve customers out of the warehouse-turned showroom.
"We are still trucking along – we're still here to serve everybody, and make sure they're warm and safe this winter," he said.
Angelo and Sarah Farruggia are hosting a grand opening of their new showroom, located at 539 Laconia Road in Tilton, on Friday and Saturday. The showroom was fashioned out of a space in the business's warehouse after a fire, caused by a delivery truck, destroyed the original showroom. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Adam Drapcho)
The new fireplace and stove displays at the store. (Laconia Daily Sun photos/Adam Drapcho)
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