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Future still uncertain for West Union fire victims

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WEST UNION (KWWL) -

The owners of two downtown West Union businesses are picking up the pieces this evening after their buildings were destroyed by a fire.

Fire crews first got the call around 3:45 p.m. on Tuesday. The fire started in the Unionland Feed and Supply Store, and later spread to the Top Hat Tavern next door.

The owner of Unionland is currently meeting with the insurance company, but isn't sure if they will rebuild yet. As for the Top Hat, it is unclear what the future holds.

With the help of multiple fire departments they were able to keep the fire from spreading beyond the two businesses.

Justin Steinlage has worked at Unionland for five years. He was in the store with another person when the fire started.

"His mom came in and all I remember is saying, 'your roof's on fire, your roof's on fire,'" Steinlage said. "And I went in the back room and the whole ceiling was engulfed. You couldn't ... the glass was popping, there's just so much fire."

Steinlage said he isn't sure what exactly started the fire, but that he was overwhelmed by the support from the community.

The State Fire Marshall's office said they're aware of the fire, but haven't been asked to help investigate it.

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