A Better Region 8: Helping Downtown Jonesboro recover from massive fire

A Better Region 8: Helping Downtown Jonesboro recover from massive fire
File image July 31 (Source: KAIT)
File image July 31 (Source: KAIT)

Last week, a massive fire damaged buildings in the 400-block of Union Street in Jonesboro. The fire started Thursday night and lasted into Friday.

The brave men and women of the Jonesboro Fire Department worked so hard fighting the fire, and we need to say thank you to them!

Many days later, Downtown Jonesboro is in the recovery process and all of us can help. The people impacted by this massive fire have families, and depend on the businesses for their livelihood.

The businesses affected include: Eden Medical Spa & Boutique, Noah the Children's Boutique, Black Arrow Tattoo, Matt Silas Architect and several lofts that served as people's homes. On top of that, several charities who serve all of us were impacted including the Craighead County Community Foundation, the United Way of Northeast Arkansas. That's a big list!

The fire directly affected even the Downtown Jonesboro Association, but that hasn't stopped Executive Director Hailey Knight. She's working hard to help these businesses and non-profits get back on their feet.

There are ways you can help and stay informed:

GoFundMe account for the owners of Partovi's Gyro and Falafel - follow this link to help them if you can »

GoFundMe account for Black Arrow Tattoo - follow this link to help them if you can »

For those involved with the NEA chapter of United Way, they have setup temporary offices at the First United Methodist Church on Main Street, but still have their regular operating number at (870) 935-3658

For those involved with the Downtown Jonesboro Association, email the office at info@downtownjonesboro.com - they have moved to temporary offices at the McLeod Law Firm, located at 225 S. Main Street.

For those involved with the Craighead County Community Foundation, contact them by phone at (870) 268-8888

Like the affected businesses' Facebook pages found below for their latest information:

Plus, our own Region 8 News Facebook page »

There will be more opportunities in the coming days to support those who are affected by the fire and as plans become firm, we will certainly let you know.

Helping the people and businesses of Downtown Jonesboro when they need us most will make this A Better Region 8.

- Chris Conroy, KAIT VP & General Manager

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