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Banquet Honors Business Recovery Following Fire

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By Rachel Holt

Jerome, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) Jerome residents attended a banquet Friday night to honor the recovery of businesses since the devastating fire downtown in late April.

A lot has changed since April 30th, when the downtown area in Jerome went up in flames.

Several buildings were destroyed and 50 people were displaced by the blaze.

But amidst all the chaos were people and businesses offering a helping hand.

Brandon Redmond, Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce, notes, "El Sombrero fed people and the public safety members and the Fairgrounds helped house those residents so we just want to make sure they know we appreciate everything they did."

Kathleen Hite, Jerome County Fair manager, adds, "Everybody came together during the fire and the businesses all worked together, the churches stepped up and I think it kinds of brought the community together."

Rosa Linda Paiz, owner of El Sombreo, notes, "Many people were lost so we brought them to our banquet room and tried to help the Red Cross and translations to find out how many people and families were there, what they needed and to calm them down."

There is still a lot to be done in the area where buildings used to stand on Main Street.

Says Hite, "It's an ugly thing to look at now when we drive by so if we can get something nice to help the community it would be a great thing to do."

Paiz adds, "feels like there's a big empty hole there now and we're just looking forward to some new businesses moving in."

Yet, the residents make it clear nothing will affect the way they view their community.

Paiz says, "I think its part of what we do in Jerome, is take care of each other."
A city, healing together.



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