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Downtown Woodbury: Life After Fire on the Square--Mikayla Lewis

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WOODBURY, Tenn.- It has almost been two months since a fire broke out and destroyed several businesses in Woodbury's downtown square.

No one was hurt during the November 1st fire.

The mayor says the community has come together to help clean up the aftermath, but it could be several months before the strip of businesses are fully restored.

Woodbury business owner, Susan Bean said," It's sad that a fire can just destroy something so fast ."

Susan Bean owns The Bean Patch, which sustained water and smoke damage.

Bean added,"Actually, we were really fortunate that we didn't have more damage.

It only took a week to get the open sign back up.

"Several other businesses experienced similar damage, but were open shortly after.

The two stores that were impacted the most are still boarded up from the severe damage.

Two consignment shops with a gold store were at a total loss.

The fire debris is now cleared, but the empty space is leaving a void in the community.

Bean explained," That was the only places you could buy clothes in this town was at those two shops,so everyone is missing it.

"Woodbury Mayor Harold Patrick says the consignment stores' owners are deciding if they will re-open in the same location.

Mayor Patrick said, "Two businesses back on the square that's what are new year's resolution is." Another goal is getting a ladder fire truck.

Several surrounding fire stations assisted the Woodbury, volunteer-based department during the November blaze.

A used fire ladder truck would cost about $200,000, but could save more properties.

Mayor Patrick explained, "Should there be a fire, we've got a much better chance putting  that fire out if we have a ladder truck where we can attack it from the top.

"The last fire is teaching more than one lesson.

Downtown business owner, Trish Forst said, "Made you sit back and think how easily it could've been one of us.

You know count your blessings." The mayor says the destroyed buildings will be rebuilt with the same historic charm and character as the original structures.

The buildings are expected to be open and ready for business by this spring.

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