Business prepares to rebuild after fire

A Coldstream businessperson isn’t letting a destructive fire get the best of him.

Glen Taylor is already planning to rebuild after fire roared through his Giles Drive workshop Thursday just before 1 a.m.

“We have to look forward. This is just an inconvenience,” he said, adding that he was insured.

The workshop housed his business Ironhorse Enterprises, which makes golf bags for motorcycles.

“Ironhorse is a total loss because we lost virtually all of our inventory,” said Taylor, who believes there may have been 450 bags inside the building. “We had been going to bike shows and there had been hits on our website. We have missed this riding season so we will have to look at 2012.”

Taylor also operates Gold Leaf Imprinters, which produces promotional items. It is primarily based out of his house, which is some distance from the shop.

“The couple of pieces of equipment I had in the workshop won’t impact that business,” said Taylor.

Also destroyed in the workshop was a motorcycle and a Porsche Boxster, which was  being stored on a hoist.

Taylor has strong praise for the actions of the Coldstream and Lavington fire departments.

“I had never seen such a stubborn fire because of the fuel load inside,” he said. “They did a really good job and they worked really hard.”

It’s believed the blaze may have started in the area of a heater inside the shop. However, electrical has been ruled out so the cause is going down as unknown.

“We can’t determine what the specific source was,” said Bob Bibby, Coldstream’s fire investigator.