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“I just can’t believe it,” she said. “Everybody went there. My husband is here all the time, and when I called him and told him he said he couldn’t believe it.”

Store employees said the community had already reached out, offering support and cheers for rebuilding. Restaurants offered free meals to hardware store employees, as well as part-time jobs until they can get back on their feet. The Capitol Hill Community Foundation established a donation fund on its website, as well.

And while it might be some time before Frager's can reopen its doors, Mr. Meleng shared the sentiments of his co-workers and community.

“We’ve survived World War II, hurricanes, storms, Snowmageddon. We suffered through 9-11 and power outages,” he said. “We’re going to survive this. We do know how to fix things.”