A motorcycle shop has lit up in red and blue after finding its owners had been missing for almost a week.
Key points:The bike shop, called The Bikes, had been on fire for three days after its owner went missingIt was lit up on Monday to mark the three-day search for its ownerTiger Bays said the owner had gone missing and his bike had been found with no signs of the ownerThe shop was lit with the same white and red colour as the firework it had been selling on TuesdayThe shop had been closed for more than three days and Tiger Bays had been searching for his owner, who went missing on Tuesday night, when the blaze started.
He said he had been looking for his bike since the day he was last seen on Tuesday.
“The owner is missing and he is probably still in the house,” he said.
“We had some white lights in the back and some red lights, but he has never been here and we had no idea where he was.”
I thought it was a good idea to have a big celebration.
“Tiger said he would be able to see his bike in the morning but he hoped that people would remember him for what he was and not his missing person’s tag.”
You can’t go through life with no friends and you can’t expect to be someone that everybody loves,” he told reporters.”
I’m sure he’s happy and he’s a very nice guy.
“He was very helpful.
I just hope that people remember him and we can all get through this together.”
The blaze broke out at the Tiger Bales motorcycle shop in Nelson on Tuesday evening, after a night of drinking at the Nelson City Club.
Fire crews had been out in force since then.
Tiger and his wife were among a group of friends celebrating a Christmas party.
“They said that they were out celebrating the New Year and the party was going to start early so they decided to go out and have a drink,” he recalled.
“But I’m not a big drinker so I didn’t drink that much.”
A few of the guys in the party were really drunk and then we got out and we didn’t get back in the car because we were really worried.
“Tigers mother, a local police officer, helped him pack his bags.”
She said, ‘you have to pack your stuff up.
You’re going to be late for work’,” he said, adding that she helped him find a place to take his luggage to.”
When he was in the shop he told me he had some bike parts and he had a spare battery that he could use.”TIGERS MOTHER: ‘A very nice man’TIGER BAY: ‘We didn’t know the owner’Tigers father, who also worked in the business, said he was worried about his son.”
His dad had gone to his house and had told him that they weren’t in the area and he was concerned about him,” he explained.”
And my dad is a very good man and he said he didn’t have any information on where his son was.
He was worried.””
I think that’s the hardest part because I can’t tell anybody where he is.
I know that I can see his face, but I can never tell anybody.
“If we did find him he would probably be in a bad shape, but we don’t know that.”
The family has set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for the search for the owner.
Anyone with information about Tiger Bases whereabouts can call the Nelson Police Detective Unit on 131 444.