Slate Belt group stepping in to assist enterprise house owners after fireplace at strip mall

WASHINGTON TWP., Pa. – A Slate Belt group is coming collectively to assist enterprise house owners who misplaced every little thing in a fireplace.

It occurred Monday morning on Blue Valley Drive in Washington Township, Northampton County. Greater than 100 firefighters from 4 fireplace departments got here out at about 8 a.m. when that decision got here in. Now a strip mall is in ruins, and folks simply wish to assist.

“It is devastation and unhappiness, only a actually good individual it breaks my coronary heart,” mentioned Sean Slawik of Bangor.

When Slawik heard the information that his cousin Ken’s enterprise had been destroyed by fireplace, he couldn’t imagine it.

“He would provide the shirt off his again and would not assume twice about it and I simply pray for him and his household and the opposite enterprise house owners too, hopefully they bounce again from it,” mentioned Slawik.

However the group is aware of it will likely be a tricky highway forward for all of the enterprise house owners at 512 Plaza on Blue Valley Drive.

And that is why Shawn Kelton arrange a GoFundMe web page for Ken Beers and Adrian Ricardo, who owned three companies there, together with Platinum Cuts Barber and Tattoo.

“They’re huge into the group, they like to do every little thing and now we see an unlucky occasion, any person’s livelihood is taken proper out from beneath them whereas they’re sleeping,” mentioned Kelton.

Ken and Adrian weren’t at work when the hearth began, however some folks have been on the podiatrist’s workplace.

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“I imagine they smelled the smoke and ending up calling it in, so far as we all know they have been those displaying up for work and all people received out,” mentioned Trooper Scott LaBar with the Pennsylvania State Police Hearth Marshal’s Unit.

The buildings are a complete loss, and it’ll take a very long time to heal.

“Now’s it is our flip to present again to Adrian and Ken for what they’ve finished for this group for the previous seven or eight years,” Kelton mentioned.

The Hearth Marshal tells 69 Information that it could possibly be a day or two earlier than investigators know the precise reason for the hearth, however they imagine it began in the midst of the buildings.