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Community Stands Together After Fire Destroys Family Business

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A local family is still in shock after losing the home they live in, and the business they built. Yesterday B&B Gardens in Oakes, North Dakota burst into flames. Fortunately no one was injured, but the flower shop and home are a total loss.

Fire crews still don't know the cause but are investigating today. Valley News Team's Nicole Johnson shows us why this loss hits an entire community right in the heart.

B&B Gardens is an award winning shop, serving the community for over 10 years. "I am one of their best customers," says Keith Bymers, who drove past the shop today, "I think I was probably one of their last customers, left Saturday, I was here around noon, and got a bouquet for my wife."

A place once filled with life, now has neighbors driving by trying to help. Deb Bixby, a family member who helps around the shop was left staring at its ashes. "I guess I am just lost for words, but, it could have been worse, it could have happened during the night," says Bixby, "You can rebuild a structure, but you can't replace people, we will make it through it."

"Our family has put a lot of time into building this, and in a matter of minutes, it was all up in smoke, so it was tough," says Angie Bollinger, one of the founders of B&B Gardens.

Serving others from inside these walls, so many sacrifices, years of work, and a life time of memories. "We have a lot to sort out right now, Reva and Chad they don't have a home right now, so they have to worry about that now too just not the business," says Bollinger.

Nothing left, but a box full of charred photographs, and by a miracle, brand new greenhouses left untouched. "We were supposed to have flowers coming tomorrow, to the green house, we had to put everything on hold now, and you can only do that for so long," says Bollinger.

Only time will tell what's to come for the flower shop.

"This is a great community, and this was a great business, and I am sure it will be again," says Bymers. Finding a seed of hope, with just the right people to let it grow.

 If you want to donate to the family, there is a benefit fund set up at First State Bank of North Dakota in Oakes.

That address is 620 Main Ave., Oakes, ND. You can call toll free at (866) 742-2694.


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