Charred Collision Repair Centre Devastated in Fire Catastrophe Turn to Direct Tool Company

Williams Garage is the latest accident repair centre to fall victim to suspected arson attack in the Winchester area. Business owner Peter Whieldon entrusted DTC to put them back on their feet in an emergency recovery project.
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* Southampton - Hampshire - England

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SOUTHAMPTON, U.K. - Oct. 27, 2016 - PRLog -- Over 40 firefighters were called to the blaze that took hold in the early hours of a cold December morning for a battle that endured over 3 hours before finally subduing to the firemen's efforts.

"Flames were coming out of the top of the rear workshop and the building was well alight with smoking coming out of all the doors." Said Shaun Cheeseman, Watch Manager from St Mary's Fire Station. "The fire was that intense that we couldn't get any crews inside we had (to) externally fire fight initially because of how bad the fire was." He added.

Mr Whieldon the bodyshop owner was alerted in the early hours after a neighbouring business owner made him aware of the situation. "It was totally gut wrenching to see the damage, I knew it was beyond repair and the only way the business could survive was to rebuild and start again" explained Mr Whieldon.

Business owner Whieldon confided in tooling supplier Direct Tool Company's Managing Director Tim Wakeford hoping for guidance. "It was a weighty relief when Tim looked me in the eye and promised he would do all he can to get us back up and running as soon as he possibly could." Explained Whieldon. "Their immediate action, commitment and support meant I could rest easy knowing we were in good hands" he added.

The immediate action from DTC meant that within just 2 months the collision repair centre was functioning again. DTC supplied and erected a temporary steel building, followed by an extension to house a compressor, airline system, paint mixing room and spray booth.

DTC also supplied an auto cantilever security gate, various garage equipment, tools and consumables to help heave the business back to their feet. "As a local, responsible and dedicated supplier to the automotive, marine and composite industries, we feel a great deal of responsibility to support any customers in crisis. I was very impressed with the upbeat and tenacious attitude among the team at Williams, they were a pleasure to work with as always" said Mr Wakeford.

About Direct Tool Company

Direct Tool Company is a 26 year old family owned provider of tools, consumables, equipment and consultative services with a vision of becoming the leading workshop solutions provider to the automotive, marine and industrial workshop industry.

About Williams Garage

Williams Garage offer a full range of services including MOTs, servicing, repairs, tyres and bodywork. They offer 24 hour accident and breakdown recovery, free collection/delivery and offer a hire service for both cars and vans.

The popular local business also operate a Budgens and Post Office.

Lloyd Russell
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