Fire destroys Jones County business: "Oh my God, this is my life"

Photos Courtesy of Layne Martens
Photos Courtesy of Layne Martens(KCRG)
Published: Mar. 13, 2019 at 4:41 AM CDT
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Fire crews were called to a fire Wednesday morning in Onslow, Iowa, which is in Jones County.

It happened around 1 a.m. at Anything Country at 106 South Main Street, according to Russ Benke who lives nearby and owns a beauty shop next door to where the fire broke out.

Anything Country makes wooden home and lawn decor, the business's website said.

Benke said his doorbell camera caught the motion of the flames shooting out of the building across the street.

"The town has gone downhill the last few years as it is, so it's going to be a major hit for the community," he said. "They made a lot of home craft items, they did a lot of business so this is really going to be a hit for the community."

Judy Lange, who owns Anything Country said she woke up around 1 a.m. She was woken up by her husband who told her the building was on fire.

"Oh my God, this is my life," she said.

She's had the shop for about seven years.

"It's our life. It's our way of making a living," she said. "It's our way of showing our town that everything we sell everything to and all of the people who enjoy our products. I'm just at a loss."

Fire officials said an excavator helped to pull the walls down to make the scene safer for all the personnel.

Onslow Assistant Fire Chief Darrin Schaefer said that crews would be on scene all day Wednesday into Thursday. He said the fire marshal will likely be called.

There was no word on what started the fire. About five fire departments were called to the scene.

"We're all stretched for volunteers and when a large fire like this comes in, you put out to your local, fellow firefighters to the surrounding counties and you ask for help, they come," Schaefer said.

No one was hurt.