GREENCASTLE, Ind. - A fire that burned several downtown Greencastle businesses in 2013 put a dent in the pockets of shop owners, but now, most of the retailers are up and running again.
Previous Story: Fire damages downtown Greencastle building
The stubborn fire sparked on the morning of May 17, 2013, in a building that sits along Washington Street off the courthouse square.
Nearly 100 firefighters from 18 departments battled the blaze that caused an estimated $1.5 million in damages, Mayor Sue Murray said.
"It was huge. Anytime you have a historic downtown and if you suddenly lose four buildings in it, it's a tremendous hole. We've had those holes in the past and they are difficult to take care," Murray said.
Wilson's Photography was one of the businesses that took a hit, even though owner Lester Wilson said it took some convincing.
"It took some persuasion. I was ready to quit, quite honestly. I wanted to dump the building and move on to something else," Wilson said.
Despite the odds, Wilson stayed along with fellow businessman Dentist Perry Wainman.
"With a lot of insurance and local construction people, they were able to put it back together like it was," Wainman said.
Murray said Greencastle is using $19 million in state grants to beautify and redevelop its downtown.
Suspected thief face plants after taking pots
A suspected thief receives instant karma and face plants after attempting to steal a potted plant from a home in SW Bakersfield.
Fight between parents ends girls' b-ball game
A fight between parents ended a girls' basketball game at a middle school in Washington Township Thursday night.
Free dental care for kids at Marion Co. clinic
The Marion County Public Health Department offered free dental care for kids Saturday.
IMPD: 2 people arrested after police chase
Two people were arrested early Saturday after leading police on a chase through the city's southeast side.
Armed robbery reported near Circle Centre mall
One person was reportedly robbed at gunpoint inside the Circle Centre Mall parking garage early Saturday.
Hoosiers say ATF proposal is 'backdoor politics'
New rules proposed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms would reclassify one of the most popular types of ammunition used in AR-15…