It’s only been a few days since a fire destroyed part of the Donnell Ford dealership in Boardman. The flames burned up the showroom and about half a dozen vehicles inside, but that hasn’t slowed them down.
The remnants of the fire are getting cleaned up bit by bit and in the meantime, Donnell Ford is still operational.
On Tuesday, they were ionizing the air to get the smoke smell out of the shop.
The sales team is still working with customers — out of The Truck Store.
Sales Manager Jim Beeman said the community has been very supportive, even bringing in food.
“I had a guy come in yesterday. He bought a new car off us, a new Escape, and he’s like, ‘Yeah, I’m here to support ya.’ That’s one of the reasons he stopped in. It’s tremendous, especially with the situation we have going on.”
Sam Flynn, the operations manager for the service department, said they haven’t taken in any more cars to work on, but they have been taking care of the ones that were already in the shop.
Donnell Ford hopes to be fully operational by the end of this week.
The state fire marshal still hasn’t determined an exact cause of the fire, though when it first happened, investigators considered it may have been a lightning strike.