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West Union Businesses Rise From Flames
WEST UNION, IA (CBS2/FOX28) -The results of a state investigation into the fire that destroyed two businesses in West Union are back. A little more than a week later, the state report revealed that the cause of the fire will remain undetermined.
The Nov. 5th fire destroyed Unionland Feed and Supply as well as the Top Hat Tavern. McJs Embroidery sustained both smoke and water damage. Despite what theyve been through, the owners of all three businesses are finding their way back.
Tragedy can happen, things happen to ya, you got to deal with it and move on, Justin Steinlage the manager of Unionland Feed and Supply said.
All three businesses in the city of about 25 hundred credit their community for their swift return to work.
Weve had a carpet donated, weve had a desk chair donated, a desk, chairs, just every day use that I even took for granted that you just dont have, Steinlage said.
For the first time in their new location, Unionland hit a milestone. They received their first shipment of grain Friday afternoon.
Just outside of town, the North Fayette Valley Community Schools Bus Barn, provided the space for a fire sale. The sale is helping McJs get rid of clothing that was damaged in the fire.
It smells like you sat around the camp fire for a night with some friends, we cant sell it as new so we figure well reduce the price and let people have it at a reduced price, Bob Sadler with McJs Embroidery said.
Back in town, the Top Hat Tavern, has a new home for its flock at the former Long Branch building.
Theres been people walking around the community here that are my regulars that are like lost sheep. My motto sort of in my old building, and I think Ill carry that on is, come home to the top hat! Top Hat Tavern owner, Roy Guenther, said.
Collectively, the businesses said that their home, West Union, and its people have helped raise them from the flames.
Thats the whole story of this, that in one week we all three came together, and kept going, Steinlage said.
While in temporary locations now, both Unionland Feed and Supply and the McJs Embrodiery are planning to rebuild. The Top Hat Tavern plans to stay in its new location, the old Long Branch building.