Warburton's Place Has Burned Down!!!!

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  1. chetbaker

    chetbaker Pianissimo User

    Nov 17, 2003
    I just received VERY disturbing news in an email from Steve Hyde about Terry Warburton's home and place of bussiness being burned to the ground. His site has been down all today (was going to order some things!)...now I know why. If you hear of anyone/anyplace that is collecting donations please post it here on TH and also on TH. I've enclosed the email that I just recewived from Steve below for all to read. My prayers are with Terry, his family, and Kenny.

    Butch Warnke
    P.S. I apologize if this has been previously posted. I searched and couldn't find it anywhere on this site.

    > This happened last night in Central Florida.
    > Bill Bridges
    > SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. -- It took firefighters from three different
    > counties
    > to put out a house fire in a remote section of Seminole County after they
    > ran
    > out of water. The homeowner was left to go through hundreds of thousands
    > of
    > dollars in uninsured damage.
    > It took Terry Warburton decades to build a successful international
    > business
    > manufacturing trumpet parts, but an overnight blaze leveled his
    > livelihood.
    > "It's so bad," Warburton said, tossing aside damaged equipment.
    > Warburton spent Wednesday morning looking for anything he could salvage of
    > the building that housed his home and his factory, but the news kept
    > getting
    > worse.
    > "My mother and father's urns, I could live losing everything else except
    > then," Warburton said.
    > A few hours earlier, Warburton watched as the inferno consumed everything
    > he
    > had worked so hard to attain, all of it after, he thinks, a malfunctioning
    > air conditioner caught fire overnight.
    > Firefighters from five different departments could do little to save
    > anything, thanks to a lack of municipal water service in the rural Black
    > Hammock
    > area north of Oviedo.
    > "They trade some of the luxuries of an urban lifestyle to living in a
    > rural
    > area. So it's just an accepted risk for most, I think," said Battalion
    > Chief
    > Dennis Miller, Seminole County Fire Rescue.
    > Warburton estimates his business lost three quarters of a million dollars
    > in
    > merchandise and equipment, which was paid off and not insured. But this
    > isn't
    > the first time he's had nothing.
    > In 1980, Warburton started his business with a machine and tools that are
    > the only things that survived, and he has every intention to put them to
    > use
    > when he goes back to work.
    > "It'll be less than a month and I'll be manufacturing again. Do a follow
    > up
    > story. Trust me, I'll do it," he said.
    > According to the State Fire Marshal's Office, because the house simply
    > burned to the ground there isn't enough evidence to find a specific cause,
    > but
    > they have ruled it accidental.
    > No one was injured.
    > _______________________________________________
  2. TrentAustin

    TrentAustin Fortissimo User

    Oct 28, 2003
    KC MO
    Oh! That is so terrible. I think I've visited that factory in 1995. It was REALLY far out off the beaten path and could see how firefighters would have a very hard time getting there. It's terrible to hear about the urns! That makes my heart sink deep... My prayers will be with him and his family. Terry was very nice when I met him and I've always been a fan of his craftsmanship.

    I was just thinking today what would happen if I didn't have my instruments insured... I feel so bad that Terry's entire equipment was lost in the fire, especially because they are not insured.

    Perhaps we can all support our fellow mouthpiece maker once he gets his shop up and running again.

    If anyone is in the area please tell him I'll be pulling for him and will be the first in line to help support him when he gets the shop back rolling.

  3. BPinard

    BPinard Pianissimo User

    Jun 14, 2005
    Setauket, NY
    That's awful news. :cry:
  4. trickg

    trickg Utimate User

    Oct 26, 2003
    Man, it is SO important to have insurance - I can't imagine taking that kind of a financial hit if I wasn't insured.

    But, like he said in the interview, he's done it once, he can do it again. I just hope that he's able to recover from it fairly quickly.

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