By Heather Abraham

ROSS TOWNSHIP (KDKA) – Fire destroyed several businesses on Babcock Boulevard in Ross Township on Friday, but one of those businesses is already back on its feet.

Friday afternoon, fire claimed seven businesses, including the Studio Raw salon. Now, just four days later, they are back in business.

Longtime client Dolly Kerlin said she was watching the news and screamed out loud when she heard Studio Raw had burned in the fire.

Over the weekend, she got a surprise phone call confirming her Tuesday morning appointment.

“But knowing them, they’re all such positive, wonderful, hard-working people,” Kerlin said.

Co-Owner of Studio Raw, Dan Burda, said the fire wasn’t even out and they were looking for a temporary location to open in.

They were fortunate to find a closed down salon not far from the old location.

“We can’t cry. We need to get in the car and drive down Babcock and beg someone for some space immediately so we can reopen,” Burda said. “Through somebody’s misfortune came some good.”

Burda said they have already scoped out a 5,000 square foot location that they hope to move into in about six months.

For today, staff members were handing out bottles of ashes from the fire mixed with glitter, as a souvenir to clients.


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