JOPLIN, MO.--- A Joplin business damaged by fire this past June is coming back better than ever. The House of Bounce demolition and rebuilding plans are now underway. From Main Street, you can see the framework of the House of Bounce still there and construction equipment on site. The coowner says they always planned to rebuild not only because they wanted to, but for so many kids who want the chance to bounce again.
"It was always our intent to have something to rebuild to. It may not have been in the same capacity. It may have taken longer, but we had every intent of being back for the Joplin area," said Shayla Moore, House of Bounce Co-Owner.
The House of Bounce co-owner says it's been a long process to get to this point, after her business was damaged by a fire in late June.
"We still have people who message and call and are devastated. We hear that kids are crying because they learned that we had a fire and they want to know when we can come back," said Moore.
They will be back, crews with Farrell Construction are in the process of demolishing the former House of Bounce.
"Which is what most people notice as they drive by, should be done by the end of January, hope to be open by early February," said Moore.
They are waiting on building materials to arrive to build the bounce house back.
"We're going to be bigger. We're gaining at least 1,000 square feet. We are going to have taller ceilings so we are now able to put in more inflatables in house," said Moore.
Moore says they always knew rebuilding was the right thing to do.
"We really look forward to returning to Joplin and letting those kids burn their energy again and letting those parents enjoy their kids burning some energy," said Moore.
While the House of Bounce's owners are eager to rebuild, fire officials say the cause of the blaze is undetermined and still under investigation. The Jasper County Sheriff's Office is working with the State Fire Marshal's Office on the case. They have some persons of interest, but at this time no charges have been filed.
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