Community helps Lane business rebuild after arson fire

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LANE, Okla. (KXII) -- A month and a half after an arson fire, a local business is rebuilt and it's all due to the help of the community.

With about 500 volunteers, thousands of dollars raised and hundreds of donated tools, Lane Auto Electric now has a new building and is reopen for business.

"The blessings just keep coming and I have to give the credit to God and our community," owner Racheal Feuerhelm said.

At the end of January, volunteer firefighter Tim Feuerhelm's shop was set on fire. Everything was destroyed.

"At first I was mad and then I tried to focus on rebuilding," Feuerhelm said.

But Tim and his wife Racheal were not alone. Within the same day of the fire, their community organized a fundraiser.

"It was an outpouring of love like I've never seen," Feuerhelm said.

"It's a small town and everybody stepped up to help," Marc Luce said.

The community raised thousands but friends like Marc Luce didn't stop there.

"He needed some help and I came and helped," Luce said.

The Feuerhelms didn't have to hire anyone to help rebuild.

"Our parking lot was full of volunteers for weeks. Whether they helped tear down the business, pour concrete," Feuerhelm said.

"Alternator cores, starter cores, the time and effort was all donated," Luce said.

"Whether it was buying a sign, or no matter how big or small people helped, it got us to where we are today," Feuerhelm said.

The fire marshal said they are still investigating the arson and following leads, but the shop doors are now reopen for business.

"Tim helps a lot of people and in return, it came twofold, it's unbelievable," Luce said.

"All the volunteers that got us open again, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts," Feuerhelm said.