Rays Reusables, a thrift shop on Fourth Avenue and A Street, burned to the ground early this morning. The building was fully engulfed by flames by the time fire crews were alerted to the structure fire at 2:30 a.m. Saturday morning, Sept 21st. The Seward Volunteer Fire Department attempted to send some people into the building at one point, but as they were entering the roof collapsed, and they were immediately withdrawn. No one was hurt in the fire but the building, and its contents are a total loss, said Deputy Fire Chief Robert Mathis. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
The building’s owner, Ray Weaver has been notified, and visited the building several times. By 11:00 a.m. the fire was mostly out, but still smoldering and fire fighters remained to put out several hot spots.
About 20 firefighters responded this morning, including Bear Creek Fire Department. There were also police on hand to manage traffic and onlookers, and the Seward Volunteer Ambulance Corps was on scene in case of any injuries.
Rays Reusables was for sale. Its owner suffered some serious health problems last October, and the community came to his and wife Kellee’s aid with a targeted community cash-mob. It was absolutely the best place, and basically the only place in Seward to buy, or get rid of items like used coats, blankets, and household goods and the community will really miss it.
Best wishes to Ray and Kellee Weaver on their loss.
Heidi Zemach, reporter, can be reached at email@example.com