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Burly Bear burns in early morning hours

Posted: Monday, December 12, 2011 5:00 am | Updated: 3:29 pm, Wed Dec 14, 2011.

The well known Burly Bear store, located at 1545 E. White Mountain Road in Pinetop caught fire around 12:33 a.m. Monday from unknown causes. There are no damage estimates at this time, but it appears a to be a total loss.

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  • junely posted at 2:23 pm on Mon, Dec 12, 2011.

    junely Posts: 37

    This is a terrible loss. These people have had their share of vandalism for a while. Is this pretty much the ultimate form of vandalism for these great folks?[sad]

  • Kathy Schneidermeyer posted at 5:24 pm on Mon, Dec 12, 2011.

    Kathy Schneidermeyer Posts: 4

    The owners and workers at this wonderful place don't deserve all the losses they have encountered these past few months. I was heading up to go shopping there this morning but the snow put a damper on my outing. I certainly hope Burly Bear can be rebuilt! It was a store full of unique and clever gift ideas.

  • bluebird posted at 6:13 pm on Mon, Dec 12, 2011.

    bluebird Posts: 4

    I was so sad to see this, this morning. [sad] The Burly Bear was my favorite store to go to on the mountain to browse for unique gifts for loved ones. I too hope that they will be able to rebuild. A one of a kind store that I will really miss. Best Wishes to the owners during this difficult time.

  • ocicatman posted at 5:46 am on Tue, Dec 13, 2011.

    ocicatman Posts: 143

    Constant vandalism, destruction of property and ultimately the destruction of the business. I certainly hope ATF is called in on this because this does NOT sound like coincidence to me.

  • Aspens posted at 6:02 am on Tue, Dec 13, 2011.

    Aspens Posts: 9

    Trent, I am so sad for your loss. I have watched your stor grow from the begininng to what it is now. Your Family has worked so hard and you made it. My home contains so many items for your store. My prayers go out to you family at this time.

  • oldwestern posted at 8:09 am on Tue, Dec 13, 2011.

    oldwestern Posts: 191

    Burly Bear .... please rebuild.

  • Rick Slo Low posted at 12:05 pm on Tue, Dec 13, 2011.

    Rick Slo Low Posts: 1369

    Glad to see no one was hurt ,hope they find out what caused this,the loss of any business on the mountain is a tragedy.

  • sandrad68 posted at 10:32 am on Wed, Dec 14, 2011.

    sandrad68 Posts: 1

    check out the Burly Bear website. You can still purchase items from them this way. They still need our continued support and this is one way to help them out.

  • tzane24 posted at 1:07 pm on Sun, Dec 18, 2011.

    tzane24 Posts: 15

    We never come up to our cabin in Pinetop without making a visit to the burly bear. It is by far our most favorite place to spend an hour browsing thru. Trent, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family and we hope to see the store reopen soon. You are a true craftsman with wood.


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