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The dentist’s office of Dr. Benjamin Kocher was lost to a fire in New Martinsville last week, but the staff hopes to be up and running at their new location by Easter.
The fire that started near Riggenbach Tile and Carpet on Nov. 10 also moved to Kocher’s office at 803 3rd Street, destroying the building and everything inside. Yet Kocher already had planned to move to a new site at 761 3rd Street, so the timeline to move to that new site was moved up.
“We purchased the house in June and just were in the design phases,” said Becky Kocher, Benjamin Kocher’s wife and the office’s manager. “The contractors are hoping they can get it done faster, but we’re hoping for it to be open by April.”
Benjamin Kocher had been at his previous office since 2008.
The office’s number, however, is back up, and patients can call 304-455-2400 for questions or emergencies. Staff will be checking the voicemail for that number regularly. For those needing to reach the office by mail, they can use the previous address of 803 3rd St., New Martinsville, WV 26155. All mail is being forwarded to a P.O. box at this time.
Staff will be reaching out to all secluded patients in time to reschedule their appointments.
With a new building comes opportunities for the office to expand, Becky Kocher said.
“It’s a bigger space, which is good,” she said. “We’ll have one more operatory and we’ll have a chance to expand the office. It’s more space and better parking.”
The staff was working the morning of Nov. 10 when the fire began. Becky Kocher said it was tough to lose the building, but she understands others had it tougher, and that the office will be back and better than ever at its new site.
“It was devastating,” she said. “It was very sad to lose our office, but other people lost their homes. It puts it into perspective. We’ll rebuild and get back. We have really good patients and we hope they’ll be patient and bear with us at this time.”