SURF CITY, NC (WECT) – Owners of Tiffany's Motel in Surf City plan to rebuild the part of their business that was destroyed earlier this year from fire.
According to officials, the fire started in the second half of Tiffany's Motel. It burned 11 rooms and the main office. The total damage to the property is more than $500,000.
The motel's manager, Regina Carter, says she's glad renovations are beginning and the rooms will soon be available again.
"We are so excited to get this up and running," said Carter. She says the motel was waiting for the SBI to release the cause of the fire before they started rebuilding, however, that never happened.
"It was frustrating that we couldn't move forward," said Carter. "And have everything by the start of the season." Because they were losing out on potential revenue, motel leaders decided to go ahead and rebuild, without knowing the cause
"There is a loss in revenue because we are a step behind," explained Carter. "It would have been nice to know this earlier, before the season kicked off."
People from the motel estimate they will have lost more than $100,000 in revenue from the time the first happened until they are done rebuilding.
Carter says it's especially frustrating not to have the extra space this weekend, when so many visit for Easter and have filled up the motel in the past.
"Easter is a huge kick-off in Surf City," said Carter. "The single portion isn't here to accommodate everyone."
Even though they don't have the extra space, she says they still have lots of support. After people found out the historic building burned down, she says e-mails started flooding in from across the nation.
"It's amazing to see how many people pour out their hearts," said Carter.
Owners said that section of the motel should be finished by mid-July.
Until then, the other part of the motel is still up and running.
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