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Businessman Starts Fundraiser for Victims of Etna Warehouse Fire

This money is intended to benefit small businesses who lost everything.

A local businessman is stepping in to help some of the business owners who lost everything in the huge fire that destroyed a warehouse in Etna (PA) outside of Pittsburgh Wednesday.

Funeral director Frank Perman lives in Shaler Township, just a few miles away from the warehouse. He says he's met a number of the artists who had studios in the space.

"I know most of them had all of their materials and some of their creations were stored at this facility," explained Perman. "I thought there's no way some of these people have insurance."

The majority of the damage was done on the inside, where millions of dollars worth of vintage cars, motorcycles, and small businesses were destroyed.

That's when Perman decided to start a GoFundMe page for the fire victims . While a number of victims lost cars and motorcycles in storage with losses in the millions, Perman intends for this fundraiser to help the small business owners.

"Many people may not know there are small businesses and artists located throughout the building," said Perman. "I was sick for them."

"Let's give these people a little bit of hope and give them some materials to get back on their feet."

Perman intends for any money donated through the GoFundMe page to be distributed by the Etna Economic Development Corporation. Click here to donate.

(Images: Bauerstown VFD Facebook page, Aspinwall VFD Facebook page)

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