Grandview church accepting donations for fire victims

Published: Oct. 8, 2022 at 9:13 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 8, 2022 at 10:50 PM CDT
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GRANDVIEW, Iowa (KWQC) - Grandview Community Bible Church is raising money and gathering supplies for over a dozen people affected by a structure fire Saturday.

The church is accepting clothes, food, and hygiene items, and has also given the affected residents shelter as their apartments are destroyed.

“We want to be in the community, helping the community, loving people, pointing them to Christ, and helping in any way that we can,” said David Johns, Pastor at Grandview Community Church. “So this is just an opportunity to show them Christ’s love and to point them to the Lord.”

According to the pastor, seven apartments were destroyed and thirteen people were displaced by the fire.

Shawn Hathaway, the owner of JJ’s bar that was destroyed in the fire, was inside at the time.

“It was like a chain reaction. It started in the back and then it moved to this building and then that building and then this one, it just kept moving,” said Hathaway.

Several fire departments were called in to assist. Residents say they’re saddened by the loss.

“It’s going to be different when you lose this much and those businesses. It affects everybody,” said Marcia Lamp, a former Grandview resident, “When you have lived here all the time, the town is still in our heart.”

Donations can be dropped off at the church on Sunday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information on how to donate, click here.