It's been just over a week since the fire took out the historic building located at 301 Second Street South, the building which was home to The Hungry Pug, Poplar & Birch, and multiple residential units. In that time, four GoFundMe pages were set up for the victims of the fire, all of which have received tremendous support.
A GoFundMe page was created for The Hungry Pug, a breakfast restaurant loved by many in Kenora. In the time it has been active, over $33,000 has been raised to help the owner Carl and his staff get back on their feet.
A GoFundMe page was created for Poplar & Birch, a small boutique at the edge of the building. Luckily, this part of the building was not burnt down, however, it did face major smoke and water damage destroying all of its merchandise. Since its creation, the GoFundMe page has collected over $700 for the owner, Ashley, who is a mother to two young twin boys and who was in the process of setting up her new second store location.
A GoFundMe page was created for Paul Warmbier, one of the residents who lived in an upstairs apartment. Paul, a loved father and grandfather, was able to safely get out of his apartment on the morning of the fire, however, all of his belongings were lost. His family says “the cost to replace his belongings and secure him a new home is unfathomable.” Paul’s GoFundMe page has raised over $3,700 to put towards his needs.
A GoFundMe page was created for the owner of the building who is a local resident who also lived in one of the apartments in the upper building. Sue Patsiatzis and her husband Gus, who passed away in 2006, purchased the building in 1981. Since then, they created and raised a family in their apartment while also running a family restaurant in the space below. The GoFundMe for Sue has amassed over $5,900 since its creation.
Hopefully, with the community's support, a new building can be created so that the residents and businesses can once again call this spot home.