St. Vincent de Paul thrift store copes with fire, tries to continue providing assistance
Monday, Dec. 19 — The smell of charred wood is overpowering at the site of the St. Vincent de Paul store at 1020 S. Washington Ave. Every window is boarded up with new plywood. Char marks are visible around the edges of the wood. The smell of ash contrasts drastically with the Christmas wreath hanging on the front of the building. A man on a bike gazed sadly at the store as he rode past.