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PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- A Pittsfield thrift store has re-opened nearly six weeks after police say a botched burglary turned arson filled the store with water and smoke damage.
Crowds of customers packed the Salvation Army on Dalton Avenue Monday for the store's re-opening celebration. The store closed in February after three men allegedly tried to break into the building, setting fire to part of it. They have since been arrested and arraigned on arson and theft charges. Smoke and water damage ruined most, if not all, of the store's merchandise.
Salvation Army officials say despite the loss, it's good to be back.
“Anytime you would lose revenue, it's always a heartache, but like I said, the community has rallied around us and we're very grateful for that. So we're kind of excited," said Salvation Army captain Patrick O’Gara.
O'Gara says the Salvation Army hopes to expand the store's inventory as more donations come in.