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WATER VALLEY – The owners of WareHouse 72 were scrambling to handle shipments already in route to the warehouse after the fire Saturday night gutted the building. Cayce Washington reported the warehouse primarily houses automotive components from global suppliers that support U.S. markets. WareHouse 72 is owned by Cayce and Michelle Washington and Sasha and Eddie Hyde. The building is located in the W.C. Gardiner Industrial Park.
“We can’t bring back inventory that was lost, but in the interim we are trying to support our customers as best we can,” Washington reported Monday morning. He explained that two 18-wheeler shipments were lined up to unload Monday morning and he was able to store the products at a different location.
“We are reviewing options to bring more space to the table to try and support these businesses.”
Washington reported the loss will impact the supply chain for local companies including Solero in Water Valley and Winchester in Oxford, as well as others across the country. Valley Tool, Inc. was not impacted by the fire.
“We don’t use this warehouse for Valley Tool,” Washington explained.
Washington reported that both families are very thankful for the effort by fire fighters and other first responders who were at the scene.
“It is tragic that we lost all that material, but nobody was hurt. That is the most important thing,” Washington added.