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Denton Downtown Mini Mall Fire

$1,990 of $200,000 goal

Raised by 62 people in 4 months
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On Tuesday, December 26, 2017 (the day after Christmas) my family's business, the Downtown Mini Mall was completely engulfed in a 4-alarm fire that destroyed the 100 year old historic building and its contents beyond restoration. I am so thankful that there were no injuries and no fatalities, as the fire department got it under control before it engulfed the entire block. I am asking for help in funding the recovery of my father’s lifetime of work, as this was the main source of our family's livelihood and his legacy. The insurance coverage is nowhere near enough to cover the loss incurred to the historical structure or its contents.  The store housed 50+ dealers who have all lost their livlihoods.  We  set-up a Go Fund Me page for the 50+ dealers who lost their merchandise (some of which did not have insurance at all). The link to that page is below. I am grateful for everyone that has contacted us with concern. Thank you to anyone that can make a contribution. All contributions are being directed to the Downtown Mini Mall.

https://www.gofundme.com/support-the-dealers

Link to Video
https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/new-raw-denton-fire-chopper_Dallas-Fort-Worth-466576813.html

Updated
I was too emotional yesterday to set-up a GoFundMe page, so I also made changes to the text. I apologize for not being clear on what we need the money for and how it will be directed. I just wasn't thinking clearly, so tonight I made some changes to the page.  I lowered our goal because it is such an intimidating number. There are costs to clean-up (which we may get help with), to rebuild the structure of this historical building (inside and out),  for recovery of lost merchandise, and the loss of income all around during this time. It's honestly too immense to conceive of. The goal is just that, only a goal. Whatever we reach will be put to good use and appreciated.

Note: There are also other GoFundMe pages created by the Young Professionals and the Main Street Association that are legitimate and trying to raise money for all of the businesses effected.

Note2: Sharing this page is also very helpful to the cause.  Even if you are unable to donate, sharing can be just as good.
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We spent several weeks trying to find a way to save the facade of the location. Several engineers weighed in on the matter. There were several factors that we had to consider. The city did try to help with grant assistance, but the assistance offered wouldn't even cover a fraction of the cost. It was a decision that was not taken lightly. As I sit here today, they are dismantling the wall and I know with out a doubt that there was no reasonable way that we could've saved it. It breaks my heart.

My father bought this property in 1980. It was his situation that allowed for the Mini Mall to thrive. By that I mean that his costs were low and he was able to pass that along to his dealers. With building costs being what they are today, we have to come-up with a creative way to fund such a huge venture. The building will have to be more than just a Mini Mall to make it possible at all. There are many questions circulating on what we'll do with the building. We're looking at the possibilities and we will let everyone know as soon as we figure things out.

Please remember the other businesses on the square during this time and make an effort to visit them. This unfortunate situation has effected business in general Downtown.
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We are working to save the historical walls in the back and front of the building. We will be able to start clean-up once we get that secured.
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Raised by 62 people in 4 months
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