Selah businesses rally to help 50+ people who lost everything in apartment complex fire

SELAH, Wash. — More than 50 people lost nearly everything in a fire that destroyed a Selah apartment building; now, local businesses are banding together to help their neighbors in need.

Selah Springs Brewing Co. and Nana Kate’s — which are located in the same building —are offering a 15% discount for the rest of the month for anyone who brings in food or clothing to donate to the people impacted by the fire.

“We want to take care of our people and obviously our people are in trouble,” said Aj Keagle with Selah Springs Brewing Co. “We want to say for neighbors, by neighbors.”

READ: Massive Selah apartment complex fire displaces more than 50 people

Keagle’s business partner, Chris McCleary, said he also wants to offer a discount on food and a comfortable place to hang out to any of the neighbors struggling to figure out what’s next after losing their homes.

“Knowing what have they gone through and what they’ve lost, as a member of the community and a neighbor to them, I would like to support them,” McCleary said.

Another local business, Ace of Fades Barbershop, is joining in on the discounts for donations, offering 15% off of haircuts and other services through the end of August.

“We have a lot of our clients that live in that apartment complex. We’re heartbroken by that,” barber Austin Ide said. “That’s why we are partnering here with Aj over there at Selah Springs to help in any way that we can.”

Keagle said he’d like other local businesses to get involved as well, to encourage the community to donate nonperishable goods and clothing to help families affected by the fire.

Graf Investments — the company that manages the apartments at 201 Valleyview Ave. — is reportedly in communication with the former apartment residents and is working on ways to help them get back on their feet.

More than a dozen apartment units at 201B were destroyed in the fire on Tuesday night, causing more than $1 million in damage. Officials said the nearby units at 201A did not catch fire.

Selah Fire Chief Jim Lange said luckily, no one was hurt in the fire and he hasn’t received any reports from firefighters or community members about pets being hurt or killed in the blaze.

“We saved five cats, a bunch of birds and some fish,” Lange said. “This morning, we went back and retrieved two more cats that were hiding under furniture.”

Lange said the cause of the fire is still under investigation, but they do know it started somewhere in the center of the building on the upper floor.

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