A MOTOR mechanic hopes to re-open his business within a fortnight.
It will rise from the ashes of the devastating fire on Monday, firstly in a temporary location.
WorkSafe investigators are now assessing the blaze which caused damage of almost $400,000 and almost killed a mechanic, 23, who had been working on the fuel system that sparked the fire.
Wangaratta Automotive Service Centre owners Sean Hogan and Rachael McKay said yesterday they were grateful their employee, who suffered burns to his arms, was not seriously injured or killed.
“At the end of the day it’s just a business,” Mr Hogan said, standing in what was left of his business in Greta Road.
“The staff are more important.”
Mr Hogan opened the workshop in March last year with his girlfriend, Ms McKay.
The pair are due to be married in three months.
The workshop was key to their cherished dream of creating a family friendly business in Wangaratta.
“That was our dream and he created it,” Ms McKay said, motioning to her partner.
Mr Hogan is refusing to give up on that dream and he plans to hire a temporary shed to work from within the next two weeks before re-building his business.
“We’ll start from scratch again,” he said.
“But for now, I need something to keep the guys employed and ticking over.”
Mr Hogan employs three staff and it has been a busy workshop, with the staff set to work on 21 cars this week alone.
Mr Hogan said his young mechanic, who was working on a car when a fire was sparked from a fuel system, was rescued by another employee who patted out the fire from his clothing.
The mechanic was taken to hospital where the burns on the inside of his arms were not considered third-degree and he was released from care.
Mr Hogan said their business will continue to take bookings from customers in coming days.