This is the street the parades march down, where the Homecoming Court waves and the Shriner's drive their little cars.
I got a phone call from Daughter # 2 last night about 10:30pm, saying Daughter # 3 was on Face Book, along with her 400 closest friends, and people were chatting about our Home Town being on fire. Soon the pictures started appearing.
This is the little town with only 500 high school students. This is where you go to the one grocery store and the check out ladies know your name. Where I lived for 40 some years.
From reports, the fire started in this upstairs apartment over a new Mexican restaurant.
It then moved to both sides and got the local bar and the florist shop.
And continued to burn on into the night.
I am continually amazed at communications. Here I am 1000 miles from there, able to see what is happening in real time. So three businesses are gone and I'm not sure how much damage went beyond that. The walls are all connected so I'm sure there is much damage by smoke and heat to others. 3 businesses are half the block.
What a heartbreaking sight for a small town already hurting from today's economy. I will update as I hear more. My sister is gong out there to day to check on our father. I asked her to send me pictures.
Update : This is from the alley in back. I'm anxious and frightened, to see it from the street view.
Right now I'm thinking Johnny "Cougar" Mellencamp.... Small Town .. is fitting.