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Unaffected businesses offer help to fire victims

GEORGETOWN, SC (WMBF) - On Wednesday, one day after a fire ravaged through downtown Georgetown, several unaffected businesses were back open.

One of those was Wild Fish Grill. Wild Fish Grill Operating Partner Trevor Day said the restaurant is working to raise money for all the victims of Tuesday morning's fire. That includes the business owners, the employees and the people who lived in the buildings.

"I'm glad I have the opportunity to help people who need it. I wish it didn't take events like this to happen to pull everyone together," Day said.

Day collected donations Tuesday evening as he served food and drinks for free. Day said he raised about $350 and already had given some of the victim's gift cards and cash.

Day said the restaurant will hold another fundraiser Saturday. Day said three bands will play and free food and soft drinks will be offered. Day said he hopes to raise several thousand dollars Saturday, that he will be able to pass on to each victim.

"We just need to be there for each other, pick people up when they're down," Day said.

One of those victims is Jeanette Ard. Ard owned Colonial Florist on Front St. since 1989. She also lived above the flower shop. The building was a complete loss after Tuesday's fire. Ard said she was on her way home from Kentucky when she got the phone call, that her home and her business was burning down.

"I was just trying to prepare myself for what I was about to see. But nothing could get you conditioned to what I walked up on yesterday. It was like a nightmare that you don't wake up from," Ard said.

Ard said knowing the community is rallying together to support all the victim's will help her get through this difficult time.

"It was just their fun place to be and everybody loved Georgetown. They're all coming together and trying to figure out how they can help and that's a good thing. The community's really been coming together," Ard said.

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