Monday, March 24 2014 11:45 AM EDT2014-03-24 15:45:47 GMT
A devastating sight made the Garrettsville Mayor initially avoid the media because he didn't want to get emotional. "I am an emotional person, and when my wife called me, I had a real hard time withMore >>
A devastating sight made the Garrettsville mayor initially avoid the media because he didn't want to get emotional. Mayor Rick Patrick and all of the residents are having a hard time coping with the devastation.More >>
Sunday, March 23 2014 11:31 PM EDT2014-03-24 03:31:02 GMT
There are Garrettsville residents who have come to depend on an organization that feeds them every week, but the local food pantry has been devastated by fire. Residents are looking for ways to keep foodMore >>
There are Garrettsville residents who have come to depend on an organization that feeds them every week, but the local food pantry has been devastated by fire.
Sunday, March 23 2014 9:20 PM EDT2014-03-24 01:20:23 GMT
REBUILDING GARETTSVILLE The recovery process for the small town will costs millions of dollars and take months, if not years. Anyone from anywhere in the world can help this small town community withMore >>
The recovery process for the small town will costs millions of dollars and take months, if not years. Anyone from anywhere in the world can help this small town community with monetary donations.More >>
GARRETTSVILLE, OH (WOIO) -
On the top of Connie Knop's shopping list are nonperishables to help her beloved Garrettsville rebuild from the destructive fire that ravaged the entire side of one historic downtown block Saturday, March 22.
"Yeah, I just bought a bunch of stuff for the food cupboard," Knop expressed her initial action.
Most of the residents and anyone watching the events unfold will never forget seeing the structures collapse.
"There it goes. There it goes," spectators said in awe.
The old Buckeye Building built in 1860 has been completely burned to the ground; in fact, hours earlier the call came in as, "Main Street is burning!"
The following day, Sunday, March 23, amid the rubble is the recovery. Boy Scout Troop 62 had young men out at two locations to collect money and more nonperishables.
"Everybody has fond memories of the building. Everybody is heartbroken about it," one shared with our Blake Chenault.
At Village Printing located inside the town's newspaper there was a t-shirt fundraiser.
The organizer explained, "$12 and $14 for extra-large and all proceeds will benefit the rebuilding of downtown Garrettsville."
Matthew Bell called himself, "a Garrettsville lifer." He told 19 action news, "I would definitely buy a t-shirt! I have lived here my whole life."
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