Despite a blaze—reportedly started by a power source for computers—that damaged the Waves And Wheels Marine Audio showroom on Sunday evening, the Osage Beach, Mo., company is already up and running. Though the fire did destroy some inventory, according to Waves and Wheels founder/owner Justin Wagner, and left the showroom and office above with smoke damage, no boats in the adjacent service and storage areas were damaged.
Osage Beach firefighters extinguished the blaze in the Waves and Wheels showroom (above left behind the white vehicle) within minutes of arriving on scene.
Wagner, whose daughter reported the fire while he and his wife, Cicely, were enjoying an early evening cruise, praised the local fire department for its quick and immediate response.
“We were six miles away on the water and by the time we got there they already had it under control,” he said.
The Waves and Wheels crew met with Wagner this morning at the facility to start the clean-up process. And they wasted no time getting the shop operational.
“My entire team was here at 7 a.m. and they were 80 percent back to client projects by 9 a.m.,” Wagner said. “A few of us focused on getting the phones and computers back operational.
“This is just a bump in the road,” he said. “We are just blessed that no one got hurt.”