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Store reopens after fire


Cause said 'most probably, electrical'



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Terri and Russ Penney said that, after 27 years in business, a measly structure fire won’t keep them from serving customers’ needs. Christopher Tanguay. (click for larger version)
September 21, 2009
STURBRIDGE — If you had a tractor or riding lawnmower in for repair at Penney's Appliance and Lawn Equipment, it should still be ready on time — give or take a couple days.

Despite a structure fire that ravaged the business's 171 Charlton Road showroom building late on Tuesday, Sept. 15, Russell and Terri Penney said they are here to stay — and here to serve their customers.

"Nobody's taking me out, baby!" Russ Penney said Monday from his makeshift office in the business's warehouse, a completely separate building behind the one that burned last week.

Early Monday, Jennifer Mieth of the State Fire Marshal's office said the investigation of the blaze, conducted by the Sturbridge Fire Department and State Police assigned to the Fire Marshal's office, was pretty much complete.

"The cause of the fire was determined to be, most probably, electrical," Mieth said.

See Wednesday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage of community news.

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