Businesses, childhood items destroyed in Heartland fire

A day after the fire (KTVO)

A Thursday night fire burned down one building that housed five businesses in Macon: A physical therapy office, a heating and cooling business, an auto shop, a martial arts studio, and Midwest Seamless Guttering.

For a family who owned one of the businesses – they lost much more than just the place they work.

“We were kind of caught off guard and didn’t really believe it at first, and we got here, and the whole top of the building was already on fire by the time we got here,” said Leslie Wineinger.

She and her husband own Midwest Seamless Guttering, one of the businesses destroyed.

“The business itself has been here for almost 10 years, my husband and I have owned it for a little over a year,” she said.

It wasn’t just their company that went up in flames though.

“We have five children, and we lost a lot more than just our business today unfortunately,” said Wineinger. “We had a lot of our personal things, we emptied out two storage units and moved them into the business’s upstairs loft earlier this year, so we lost all of our childhood stuff all of our kid’s childhood stuff.”

On Friday, they were trying to salvage whatever might be left.

“We’ve had a lot of people in the community rally around us, we have a lot of people here to help us clean up today, and we’ve had a lot of phone calls, and people reach out, which we really appreciate,” Wineinger said.

Picking up the charred pieces…and figuring out how to move forward.

“This is our whole lives, so we just take it one day at a time and hope for the best,” Wineinger said.

The Macon Fire Department says that because the fire damage on the building on South Highway 63 in Macon was so extensive – it will be unlikely a cause will be determined.

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