Updated: July 5, 2017
UPDATE: LOVES PARK, Ill. (WIFR) – After a weekend fire destroys a Loves Park car dealership, the owner says he is already picking up the pieces and working to get business back on track.
Kar Korner owner Mark Numbers says he is taking things day by day after being woken up early Saturday morning by a phone call saying his business was destroyed.
Numbers says he is having keys to all the cars remade and having his computers rebooted. Right now, the dealership is working out of a temporary building until plans can be made for a permanent space.
“One day at a time right now you know just get all the essentials and the phones operating and just go from there,” says Numbers.
Numbers says they are still operating under normal business hours, which are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Posted: July 1, 2017
LOVES PARK, Ill. (WIFR) -- The Kar Korner dealership building in Loves Park is destroyed after it caught fire early Saturday morning. The owner of the business says he plans to move forward and reopen for business by this Wednesday.
The Kar Korner building was a staple car dealership in loves park. The building has been a part of car dealer icons throughout Rockford area for about 60 years.
"I love that building. There's a lot of history in there. I mean it started out at Bachrodt's on Christina Street and then it was Meacham RV on Forest Hills,” said owner of Kar Korner Mark Numbers.
And now it's gone. By the time the Loves Park Fire Department got to the scene, the building was engulfed in flames.
"Everything was burnt out. The keys were melted in a group. Some of the titles were damaged and I don't know how many were salvageable,” said Chief of the Loves Park Fire Department Phil Foley.
Kar Korner has been in business for almost 24 years. The city of Loves Park says they are willing to help the dealership get back on its feet.
'We'll do whatever we have to do to keep him in business. If he wants to park a trailer down there and keep going, that's not going to be a problem at all,” said Chief Foley.
"I mean it's awesome to feel that you know, the city stands behind you and is willing to go above and beyond something that you know, is something they don't have to do,” said Numbers.
Although the building will need to be demolished, Numbers says this isn't stopping him or his business.
"It just gives me more desire to do more and you know my family is involved and with their support you know, just with them beside me everything is possible,” said Numbers.
Numbers says he thinks the fire may have started from a computer that was inside the building however, the Loves Park Fire Department says the exact cause of the fire is under investigation.