Downtown businesses impacted by Denison fire

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DENISON, Tex. (KXII) - Businesses are recovering from the fire that took down two businesses in downtown Denison a week ago Wednesday.

At 2 Chicks Home and Market, they had to wear breathing masks as a precaution.

They can breathe normally inside now, but the store won't be open for a while.

"Friends and neighbors have just been amazing to offer help," said Elsie Russell, owner of 2 Chicks Home and Market.

Russell said the morning of the fire she didn't think it would be too serious.

She said when she saw the flames getting higher, all she could do was watch the fire take down the Luxor Nail and Spa.

Russell said her shop has smoke damage, and everything inside appears to be okay until you look a little closer.

"And this gives you the full effect of what is actually layered on everything in our shop. The white is what it normally looks like, and then after the fire, everything has a layer of this soot on it," said Russell, pulling back a rug and showing distinct soot spots.

Russell says every last thing in her shop needs to be moved out to be cleaned, she'll have to open in a temporary location.

She said her vendors are also taking a hit from this fire.

"They're going to have to move their product out of here too, and so its been not just me affected," said Russell.

Just up the block, Denison Dance Academy Director Ilona Nogarr said she was praying the fire would stop as it inched closer and closer to her building.

"Then it got really serious. I was like shaken up because the fire came so fast toward my building," said Nogarr.

Nogarr says she had some water damage to the dance studio and had to cancel rehearsals.

They're getting ready for the Nutcracker in December, and Nogarr says the dancers will have to work a little harder to make up for lost time.

"Now you have to do more rehearsals than planned because we missed classes and rehearsals but we're going to be ok. We're going to do it," said Nogarr.

Russell's goal is to reopen by the end of November.

"We're going to be back strong, and we're going to be selling again, and we want everyone to come back and visit downtown and shop with everybody," said Russell.

The exact cause of the fire is under investigation.