Beauty Kiss Owner: Fire Not Going to Stop Us

By On May 30, 2013

This version has been updated from its original post

Burbank’s biggest fire in years won’t stop Beauty Kiss owner Rich Raad from helping his customers who made his business what it is.

The day after a four-alarm fire gutted his Carpet & Draperies business, Raad returned to 140 S. Glenoaks Blvd. to talk to investigators and insurance agents as a company boarded up the front of the now burned-down store.

Richard Raad owner of Beauty Kiss Carpets & Draperies, looks at the interior of what was once his warehouse full of racks of carpets and equipment. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Richard Raad owner of Beauty Kiss Carpets & Draperies, looks at the interior of what was once his warehouse full of racks of carpets and equipment. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Mickey & Minnie Mouse arrive at Burbank City Hall's Tree Light via Rich Raad's 57 custom Chevy. (Photo by Ross A. Benson).

Mickey & Minnie Mouse arrive at Burbank City Hall’s Tree Light via Rich Raad’s 57 custom Chevy. (Photo by Ross A. Benson).

Raad is well known here in Burbank from his time on the Burbank School Board, to driving his 1957 Chevy in almost every recent Burbank On Parade, to escorting Mickey & Minnie Mouse to the steps of City Hall for the annual tree lighting ceremonies.

Raad said his phone lines have been forwarded to his office staff working off-site and he’s here to continue doing business. He took the company over from his mother many years ago and has completed installing carpets and draperies in dozens of city offices, fire stations, and Burbank homes. Raad wanted to emphasize that despite the fact the fire was devastating; his customers will continue to be first and his business will remain in Burbank.

The Burbank Fire Department spent Monday night watching the store in case of any smoldering debris flaring up or even rekindling.

The crowd was 4-5 deep watching the 4th alarm blaze Monday. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The crowd was four to five deep watching the 4th alarm blaze Monday. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

A fire of this size brings out plenty of onlookers and the Burbank Fire Department would be interested in looking at the public’s pictures of them at work and the surroundings during the fire. At one point during the blaze, there was a drone flying above and fire officials would be interested in seeing its footage.

Drone with a camera mounted on it flying over the fire scene. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Drone with a camera mounted on it flying over the fire scene. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Pictures can be forwarded to SNishhisaka@ci.burbank.ca.us or by calling him at 818-238-3388 and if the owner of the drone is interested please send to news@myburbank.com. We would like to share your video.