Piles of debris litter the sidewalk as the tattered remains of blue awnings flutter in the breeze. The charred remnants of Thursday afternoon's blaze have left permanent scars on several buildings, businesses and residents of the small
"It's much more emotional today, seeing the damage,"
Illies, the owner of the building which housed Lisa's on Main coffee shop,
"Today was just meeting with insurance people," she said. "I have no idea if the building is a total loss. I know there is lots of smoke and water damage in half of the building."
Like so many
"I live just a couple of miles away," said Illies. "So I drove into town. The smoke was so thick. It was hard to tell what was burning."
"At the same time we were fighting the fire, we noticed there was a fair number of occupants that were blocked in their apartments," Kraemer said. "I think we rescued five people out of the apartments through the windows."
Kraemer said about eight apartment units and six businesses had some fire damage. He said the cause of the fire is undetermined.
"At this point, it's a matter of trying to help the business owners get reestablished," Kraemer said. "The
For business owner
"The whole back half of our space is damaged," she said. "Parts of the ceiling are down and there's water all over. But we are hoping to be back and operating within a couple of days."
McDonald was at her office when the firefighters arrived. She recalled grabbing her purse, keys and a bag and ran out of the office.
"It was difficult to watch (the fire)," she said. "I was at that location for two and a half years. And it was very hard to see the physical structure (Friday morning)."
Early Friday, McDonald was allowed in the building briefly to retrieve some of her documents and personal items. She has plans to keep an office in
Thursday's fire is the second major fire
As a parishioner of St. Mary's and a fellow business owner,
"I don't know what will be next for the businesses on that block, but I'm hopeful for a restoration," Thieschafer said. "But the outreach in this community has been incredible. I know we'll be able to pull together and go on."
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