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WCU Businesses Plan To Rebuild

The owners of three restaurants destroyed by fire at Western Carolina University say they want to rebuild.

The fire broke out near the Subway restaurant Thursday morning and spread to the Rolling Stone Burrito and the Mad Batter Cafe.

The clean-up began Friday morning.

The owners, including Suzanne Stone who runs Rolling Stone Burrito, says they're not just worried about the destruction of their businesses, but the loss of jobs to their student-employees. They're organizing ways the public can help.

"We've had lots of support from people and wanting to know where to go. So, I wanted to at least just give an email, cullowheeumc@frontier.com. That's where they can go to email and help out the workers," said Stone.

State construction and insurance representatives remain on the scene to assess the structural integrity of the landmark building.

The cause of the fire remains undetermined.

Many on campus, including construction worker Jim Dillard, want to see it rebuilt, especially the Mad Batter Cafe.

"I built the inside of that restaurant. And I pretty much live in there when I'm not working," said Dillard.

What happens next depends on the determination of state investigators.

University Chancellor David Belcher was in Florida on campus business at the time of the fire.  But he says he's pleased with the emergency response by firefighters.

By Rex Hodge

Follow Rex on Twitter @RexHodgeWLOS


 


 



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