Fire Damages Local Auto Repair Shop
The Ice Cold Air Discount Auto Repair location at 3508 US Hwy 19 North (at the intersection of Moog Road) in New Port Richey sustained significant damage during a fire last night. A good Samaritan called authorities after seeing light smoke billowing from the building. Thanks to that call and a quick response from Pasco County Fire Department, damage was confined to the office area of the business and did not reach the shop area that contains highly flammable materials like welders and oil. No customer’s cars were damaged. A short in a power strip underneath the service desk is the expected cause of the fire.
Manager Nick Zammit said, “We are very thankful that the fire wasn’t more devastating and no one was hurt. It could have been so much worse. I wish I knew who called the fire department for us, I owe them a huge hug.” According to one firefighter on the scene, the business was very lucky, “when we rolled up, you could barely see any smoke outside. Whoever called was really paying attention.”
The shop is expected to be closed for at least a week, or at least until the power can be restored to the building. Zammit said, “The shop is fine, so we plan to be open as soon as we can. Even if I have set up a laptop and sit at a folding table inside the shop while the waiting room is rebuilt, we want to get back to work and serve our customers.” In the meantime, Zammit and his crew will work with the team at the Ice Cold Air location that is nine miles north at 11930 US Hwy 19 at SR 52 in Port Richey and offer shuttle service to their customers who need it.
The crew will be onsite today to complete enough work on customer’s cars that were inside the building during the fire to get them towed to the Ice Cold Air location that is nine miles north in Port Richey where the work can be completed for the customers.
Ice Cold Air Awarded Best Honest Mechanics in a Dishonest World!!
September 18th, 2014
Wow are we excited! Ice Cold Air Discount Auto Repair was presented a 2014 Best of the Bay Award from Creative Loafing.
We were awarded their Critics’ Pick as the “Best Honest Mechanics in a Dishonest World!” Plus, we are featured in their Best of the Bay issue that hits the stands today! (on page 78)
Thank you to Creative Loafing for recognizing how hard all of us work to make our wonderful reputation stronger every day, and thank you for telling all of your readers throughout the greater Tampa Bay area too.
We would like to convey our heartfelt congratulations to each and every shop, and each and every employee who share in this tremendous acknowledgment. It is a true testament to how far we have come together as a team to make our Ice Cold Air family stronger and our company thrive in the spotlight of greatness.