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T-Shirt Fundraiser Provides Fire Victims with More Than $20,000

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Seventeen victims of this summer's fire in Prophetstown received more than $20,000 in checks Monday morning thanks to the fundraising efforts of two Tampico, Illinois women.

Jamie Mosher and Kate Fisk started selling "Supporting Prophetstown" t-shirts after the mid-July fire that destroyed eight buildings that doubled as businesses and residences for the victims.

Mosher and Fisk said they partnered with Breedlove's in Kewanee, IL for the fundraiser, who produced the t-shirts and gave them to the pair at cost. The women said they originally hoped to sell about 100 – 150 of the shirts.

However, the community's outpouring of support, along with word of mouth and social media brought in about 2,300 t-shirt orders as of now.

Prophetstown Main Street helped Mosher and Fisk distribute the $21,000 raised from those t-shirt sales Monday.

Victims said the money will go a long way in helping them cover any costs their insurance companies would not cover.  In total, the fire is estimated to have done about $4 million of damage as far as the buildings, property, inventory and loss of income goes.

Cindy Eriks, who lost her restaurant Cindy Jean's in the fire,  said she will use all the money donated to her to invest in rebuilding a new restaurant on the site of the fire.

Prophetstown Mayor Steve Swanson said cleanup from the aftermath of the fire will be complete Tuesday and ready for new businesses to be built. Swanson said the city will give the lots away for free to parties willing and interested to build and open a business in the now vacant stretch of the city.

Swanson added that fortunately, the city will end up paying less out of its pocket for fire-related costs than expected. However, he did not have an estimate of what the total expense for the city will be.

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