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Support pouring in for family who lost business in fire


by Bryan Goettel

IOWA CITY (KWWL) - An early morning fire has left a family business in ashes.  The fire started shortly before 3:00 Monday morning at Yansky Auto Shop in Iowa City.  This is a blow to the entire Yansky family.

More than twelve hours after the fire began, what was left of Yansky Auto Shop still smoldered. This is where Doug Yansky and his family worked for the past quarter century.

"Between shuffling back and forth and just getting things done and getting the kids to school, it's still just a shock," said Yansky.

Amidst his life being turned upside down, Doug spent time building a fire in the shop parking lot so the dozens of firefighters could stay warm.

"These people are the greatest," said Yansky. "These people from the Tiffin fire department. A lot of 'em are my friends. They've been here in the freezing cold all night. You know, they're the greatest."

Matt Leonard at Big Ten Towing has known Doug for twenty years and says he would do anything for him, even offering up space in his building for Doug to work. That kind of support has come from businesses all around the neighborhood.

"He just seems to be the kind of guy who will do anything for you and you just don't want bad things to happen to somebody like Doug," said Darline Jones, of nearby A2Z Contractors. "So anything we can do to help him out we certainly will."

Doug owns a couple smaller buildings nearby. He plans to move into one Tuesday and believe it or not, have the family business up and running again by Wednesday.

"Just roll up our sleeves and try to clean up this mess and try to make payroll," said Yansky. "That's all we can do."

Yansky says it's the greatest neighbors in the world who have helped him believe that his business and family can soon recover.

Online Reporter: Bryan Goettel

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