CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Cleanup was underway at Teddy Bear Pools & Spas in Chicopee Sunday morning after a car crashed right into the building, leaving a gaping hole and causing damage to the inside of the store.
“It’s the first time we ever had an incident like this, my first concern was if anyone got hurt,” said Ted Hebert, owner of the store. When he arrived at the crash site Hebert was met with Chicopee first responders, a hazmat team, and his staff waiting in support.
“I can’t imagine how fast this car came through this building but it went over 50 feet in the building through lally columns and everything,” said Hebert.
The driver of the vehicle was arrested and taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Hebert told 22News he’s glad the crash didn’t result in a much worse outcome with all the pool chemicals being inside the building.
“It’s just unbelievable… it’s a miracle,” Herbet expressed. “We use stabilized chemicals, the gas tank was probably sealed. But if the gas tank had let go and the building blew up from the gas tank, it would have been a nightmare.”
And now staff are working quickly to repair the damaged parts of the building.
“We’ve had over 25 employees come in since 2:30 a.m. this morning,” Herbet told 22News. “The building can be fixed. To have that support from your employees, is just moving.”
Customers are asked to check Teddy Bear Pools & Spas’ social media for updates on the store’s reopening.