High winds topple new business

Melissa Fiero (right) and her assistant Sabrina Wills were surprised Tuesday to find the aftermath of this week’s high winds that downed an addition to Mrs. Fiero’s new business on Loop 332.  (Photo by Shelly Wilkison)

Melissa Fiero (right) and her assistant Sabrina Wills were surprised Tuesday to find the aftermath of this week’s high winds that downed an addition to Mrs. Fiero’s new business on Loop 332. (Photo by Shelly Wilkison)

High winds roared through Liberty Hill Tuesday for the second time in as many weeks. With gusts as high as 45 mph overnight Monday, many  were awakened Tuesday to the sight of displaced lawn furniture, trash cans and other damage.

But for one business working to expand its operations into Liberty Hill, the damage on this blustery day was more serious.

Melissa Fiero, a Burnet resident  expanding her estate sale and eBay online business into a retail location at 2023 Loop 332 in Liberty Hill, arrived for work Tuesday morning to find the frame of her 650-square-foot addition collapsed and in pieces.

“We had hoped to open in a few weeks,” said Mrs. Fiero.

The building under construction was to be an addition onto the small frame house Mrs. Fiero purchased in December 2012. When complete, it will become home to antique furniture and specialty items — much  of which will be refurbished on site and sold to the public.

Mrs. Fiero currently owns and operates an estate sale business, Legacy Estate Sales based in Burnet. The company also has an eBay component, selling unique items online for clients.

The Liberty Hill location for the new Legacy…Rustic to Refined will also feature a vintage 1955 recreational vehicle that is being remodeled to be used as a studio. The extension, which was downed by high winds overnight Monday was intended to serve as a workshop where furniture and other items will be refurbished.

“Yesterday (Monday), they started putting on the tin on the roof. It looks like the wind caught it (the structure) at the crawl space and just pushed it over,” she said. “When we drove up this morning, we found it like this.”

Mrs. Fiero said the damage has delayed the opening, but it hasn’t dampened her spirits or her plan to grow her business in Liberty Hill.

“We want to bring something unique to Liberty Hill,” she said. “It will take a little longer, and we shed a few tears this morning, but everything will be good.”