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Traer flower shop owner cleans up after fire

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The cleanup continues this weekend in one eastern Iowa community after a large fire in its downtown.

A fire destroyed Simply Blooming Flower Shop on Second Street in Traer Tuesday afternoon.

Fire crews say the cause an unattended candle near the cash register.

Owner Lisa Elkamp was making a delivery at the time the fire started, but when she returned to her store, flames had already taken over. 

"I could see the fire at my cash register stand so I grabbed my purse and ran back outside and called 911," said Eikamp.

Eikamp is now in the process of cleaning up.

She says she will rebuild and plans to stay in the same location. 

"I knew right away that I couldn't leave them. I just, I love what I do. I have great employees. It's, the Main Street people are just like family," said Eikamp. 

Eikamp says they are waiting to do anything else besides cleaning up at this point.

They are having an engineer come in Wednesday to see if the rafters can be saved.

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