Kelly and Cat go to check out the scene of the latest fire.
| Kelly and Cat surveyed the front of the wine shop to see if there was any damage. From where they stood, nothing was apparent. They did see Jillian and Zack Hanley, the owners of The Field Stones Vineyard, talking with the fire and police chiefs. From the looks of things, Jillian was pretty overcome. Zack had his arm around her shoulders while they talked. Jillian for her part was wiping at eyes and nosewith the crumpled tissue in her hands and nodding as the they conversed. They could not hear the conversation from their vantage point, but the could see that Josh Evans, the fire chief, was taking notes as they talked. It was apparent that the interview had ended when they saw both of the chiefs shake Zacks' hand, and give Jillian a reassuring pat on the shoulder.
As the men left, Cat and her friend walked up to the two store owners and asked if there was anything they could do to help. Evettsville might have been a small community, but they all looked out for each other. As Cat gave Jillian a hug, Zack continued to watch the comings and goings of the fire department personnel. One could see that there where questions written all over his face.
Kelly for the most part was pretty quiet. She was studying the firemen and the area where they all seemed to congregate. There was no apparent damage to the facade. These buildings are all on the Historic Register, as are a lot of the homes and farms in the area. This area was settled in the 1600's and the town flourished in the 1700's. Any damage to any of the structures would be devastating.
"How much damage to the inside", asked Cat? "Will repairs take long?"
"That is the weird thing," said Zack. "The fire was not in the store itself. It started at the back of the building. We had some wooden packing crates and pallets back near the trash cans. They think the fire started in the trash cans and spread to the pallets damaging the back wall of the kitchen area. The wine cellar and inventory are fine, but the kitchen will have to be redone."
Zack turned to look at Cat and Kelly and the expression on his face was pure sadness.
"We were all set for the Grand Opening this weekend! Now I don't know when we can open. We have to wait for an investigation before we can even start to fix the place up." The owners said their goodbyes and went to try to find the fire chief.
Watching them walk away, Kelly turned to Cat, agitated.
"The fire at my shop started in the back of the shop too. Same place as this one, the back door. If you ask me this is just too coincidental."
"What is too coincidental," asked Brady, as he arrived on the scene.