Evansville business expresses thanks to firefighters for saving business during warehouse fire

Evansville business expresses thanks to firefighters for saving business during warehouse fire
Published: Nov. 10, 2022 at 5:02 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 10, 2022 at 8:08 PM CST
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - The Evansville Fire Department received a special thank you for saving a family business on Thursday.

Staff at Evansville Garage Doors tell 14 News it was because of the heroic efforts of EFD crews that their business is still here.

That’s why they spent the day going to every fire station, including the admin building, giving them cookie trays and thanking them for all they do.

The Vice President here, Jeff Rothschild, gave me an emotional recount of that morning when the blaze began.

To him, this is more than just a building where he works.

“I started working for my grandfather when I was 12, 13 years old. I’ve been involved in our family business pretty much my entire life, so you know, when you start putting the scope of reality that everything,” says Rothschild, “you’ve been in the building. You learn to drive in the parking lot, you know? A lot of things start hitting when you walk out of that door for what we thought was the last time.”

They were told they had 30 minutes to get everything out, and 10 minutes later, they were told it was time, and they had to go.

This business has been around for generations, and they thought for sure it was gone.

Rothschild says getting to see the firefighters again was a treat on their end.

He says if it weren’t for them, not only is the building lost, but livelihoods and services across the area.

“To them, it’s just a job. When you’re the potential victim, and you watch what those guys did to save people’s jobs, people’s incomes, you know? We’ve been at three fire stations today alone doing service. If this building’s burned down, we’re not able to do that,” says Rothschild.

Evansville Garage Door sits close to where the Morton Avenue warehouse burned down in October.