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Oscar's begins recovery, rebuilding efforts after fire

Quintal estimated that Oscar's could be back in business in three months or so, but it was too early to tell.

Quintal said that he had offers from other businesses to host a smokehouse operation temporarily, but it was impractical to do so.

The fire happened at a very busy time of year, as Oscar's ships its specialty smoked meats and cheeses daily to farmer's markets, apple orchards and other venues that have a lot of activity in autumn.

Oscar's will also be temporarily missing its business of supplying gourmet meats to various restaurants, not only in the region, but from afar. One restaurant enterprise, Bubby's in New York City, orders 400 to 500 pounds of bacon per week, Quintal said.

Warrensburg Chamber of Commerce President Lynn Smith wished the Quintal's a speedy recovery from the devastating fire. She said Oscar's Smoke House not only brought fame and jobs to Warrensburg, but that the Quintals were generous contributors to charity and were active in community service.

"This fire represents a great loss to the business community," she said.

Warrensburg Fire Chief Justin Hull voiced thanks Sunday to the various area businesses that donated food and refreshments to the 100-plus firefighters while they battled the blaze. Those contributing included Gino's Pizzeria, Luck-E Star Cafe employees, the Methodist Church, and Luna Pizza of Chestertown.

Quintal said his son Joq, a co-manager of the enterprise, has advocated "going green" when the business is rebuilt, using solar and geo-thermal power if possible.

Kathy Quintal said that much of the existing charm of the retail store's accouterments were either salvaged, or would be recreated. Saved from the blaze, she said, was the pig mailbox and the pig statue on which customers posed their children for photographs, she said. The signs and a mural that date back to the 1940s were salvaged or will be restored, she said.

"It's truly amazing when a tragedy like this occurs, everyone steps up to the plate, offering their help and services in any way they can," she said.

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