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Group Wants To Help Wagoner Businesses Recover

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WAGONER, Oklahoma -

Community leaders from across Oklahoma came together Tuesday to help business owners in Wagoner get back on their feet after they lost everything.

Several community members got an up close look at what's left of the historic buildings that burned Sunday, July 30 in downtown Wagoner. 

Firefighters and investigators guided them around the outside of the building as they saw the charred debris up close. 

7/30/2017 Related Story: Wagoner Firefighters Battle Fires In Historic Downtown Buildings

Samantha Call with the Wagoner Switch District said she and other leaders poured a lot of time into revitalizing the area.

She said Wagoner will bounce back, but it's still such a painful loss.

"It's devastating. You know, it's like we're on the cusp of rebuilding and then, something like this happens," Call said. 

The group "Oklahoma Main Street" organized the walkthrough in hopes of showing what business and building owners have lost, and also finding ways to help them. 

The group gathered to look at the damage and talk about the possibilities.

Firefighters and investigators guided them around the outside of the building as they saw the charred debris up close. 

The group said despite this tragedy, there's still a special spirit to rebuild here.

"They have a very positive attitude about it, they do," said Buffy Hughes with the Main Street. I think that they're very hopeful and they're ready to get to work."
Oklahoma Main Street said it hopes to bring in state and national resources to help the town.

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