A manufacturing warehouse in Houston exploded Friday morning and 15 Chevrolet Corvettes worth approximately $1 million altogether were trapped inside neighboring buildings that were flattened in the blast.
The blast happened at Watson Grinding & Manufacturing, and across from the street from where the explosion occurred was Houston Corvette Service, a restoration business that was housing the cars. Altogether the Corvettes were worth about $1 million.
It is still unsure if all of the cars were completely destroyed as they all need to be retrieved from the rubble that surrounds them. These buildings will need to be torn down, and after that they can access the damage and see what repairs need to be done. While some of the affected Corvettes belong to company owner Gordon Andrus, others were customer cars. All cars are insured, and they're in the business of restoring and repairing so it will be made right one way or another.
Houston Corvette Service has been in business for 25 years, and they have four buildings. Two buildings used for paint and body work still stand while the other two weren't so lucky.
At the moment, things are at a standstill since Andrus can't get his computer, account records, or payroll information. Since the authorities are still investigating, he is on hold until they grant him access to his business. However, the investigation process could take months to find out what exactly caused the blast. He is hoping it will be soon so he can pay his workers and get everything back on track. Everything will then be moved to the paint shop for the time being.
Sadly, the blast took the lives of two Watson Grinding & Manufacturing employees. Other nearby residents were displaced as homes rattled and damage was inflicted on nearby properties.
Source: New York Post
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