OXFORD — A South Paris dog-grooming business, destroyed by fire in February, is expected to reopen in the coming weeks.

Nicole Nickerson, owner of Pampered Pups, said she is renting space at the Oxford Mini Mall at 1600 Main St.

“It’s the building that has the Subway in it,” Nickerson said. “I’m working on setting that up right now. I just finished painting, and I had the plumber come in to look at the bathtub so we can wash the animals.”

Sgt. Ken Grimes said in February that a malfunctioning heat pump caused the fire that destroyed the commercial building at 41 Western Ave., including Pampered Pups, along with the residence of Steve and Carole Barrett, who owned the building and lived in the apartment above the garage.

The Barretts were not injured in the fire.

Nickerson said that while she does not have a definite date to reopen the business, she hopes to have an open house on a Saturday in the next couple of weeks.

“An open house would allow people to come in, look around and make appointments,” she said.

She said the business would be “more or less the same,” though the hours might change a bit.

“It’s just a matter of working everything out, since it’s a new location,” Nickerson said. “For the most part, it’ll be the same as it’s always been.”

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Pampered Pups, the South Paris dog-grooming business that burned to the ground in early February because of a malfunctioning heat pump, is relocating to the mini-mall at 1600 Main St. in Oxford. Nicole Nickerson, owner of the business, said that she plans to reopen in the coming weeks. (Matthew Daigle/Sun Journal)

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