Spokane, Washington (AP) Car rental company Aspen car rentals, which was once a fixture in Spokane’s downtown area, reopened to business Thursday after being closed for nearly two weeks due to the wildfire.
Aspen CEO and President Mike T. McLeod said in a statement that the company “will be making the necessary adjustments” and that “we are working hard to get the business back to normal as soon as possible.”
Aspen, located about 10 miles south of Seattle, was originally a gas station and dry cleaner before expanding into the dry cleaners, laundry and dry-cleaning business.
As a dry-cleaner, Aspen’s dry-sail fleet consisted of two ships, one each for the Northwest, Northwest, Washington, Idaho and Montana.
The boats were owned by a company called The Riverboat Company, and the owners were also the owners of the nearby Kwik-E-Mart, which is located in the same city.
The Kwik E-Mart closed last month, after an employee was killed when his boat overturned off the Kwik e-Mart Riverboat Bridge.
The boat was one of two that had overturned in the disaster, and it was the second boat to have overturned off Kwik’s Riverboat Bridges in less than a week.
A fourth boat was also overturned off Riverboat bridges and a fifth was overturned near the town of Riverwood.
In the aftermath of the crash, the owners sought federal assistance from the Department of Homeland Security, which said it was assisting in the recovery effort.
T.D. McFarland, a spokesman for the Department, said it “appreciates the support of Aspen for its recovery efforts and will continue to provide support.”
The Kastin, Wash., company also operates several other dry-nursing businesses.
Tensions in the town were heightened last week when a man was arrested after allegedly firing at cars in Aspen.
The suspect, identified by authorities as 31-year-old David Lee Schott, is accused of opening fire at a car rental business and killing a man who was trying to save his car.
The shooting happened shortly after Schott allegedly opened fire at another car rental firm, which he rented out to other residents, injuring a woman and injuring a man.
Schott’s lawyer, Brian F. Hoey, told The Associated Press in a phone interview Thursday that his client has not been charged with any crime, and that he was not involved in the shootings.
The company that was reopened to rent cars said it will be “keeping an open line” to help residents adjust to the new lease arrangements.
The Seattle Times reports that there will be some changes to the car rental process, including a change to how the car is inspected.
A statement from Aspen said the company will be conducting an inspection of the cars for fire damage in a “thorough manner,” including “the inspection of all vehicles to ensure that no one is being left without adequate insurance.”
The Associated Statesman reported that Aspen had been “sitting on the sidelines” since last month’s accident, and now it’s looking to do things differently.
“We’re just not expecting this to happen every day,” McLeod told the newspaper.
“I don’t think we’ll be able to get back to business like we’re accustomed to in Aspens downtown downtown.
“The community is going to react to it. “
It’s going to affect how people interact with each other.””
The community is going to react to it.
It’s going to affect how people interact with each other.”