A door at the Abigail's Attic building stands open
and debris litters the street and sidewalk a day
after an Easter Sunday fire on Mill Street.
(Photo by Karen Blackledge)
A fire Easter Sunday night destroyed the BJ's Steak & Rib House building and badly damaged the building next door which housed Abigail's Attic, a consignment and thrift shop run by the Geisinger Medical Center Auxiliary.
All proceeds from sales at the shop benefit Geisinger Medical Center and the community.
It might be a few weeks, but Abigail's will reopen across the street at 332-334 Mill Street.
Firefighters work on Mill Street Easter Sunday night. The BJ's Steak & Rib House building was destroyed and the neighboring building, which houses Abigail's Attic, sustained severe damage. (Photo by Robert Inglis)
Firefighters battled the blaze well past midnight. Damage to Abigail's Attic was mostly smoke related.
When the staff and volunteers returned to the store on Monday, the state of the shop “hit you like a ton of bricks,” said April Leese, Abigail’s Attic manager. There was an “overwhelming smell of smoke” and they had to throw out about 75 percent of their inventory which was too damaged to sell again. Part of the store’s carpeting was also soaked by water from fire hoses.
Most of the items thrown out were clothes, silks and other fabrics that absorbed the smoke smell.
Connie Housenick, assistant manager of Abigail’s Attic, arranges a mannequin at the thrift and consignment shop’s new store. (Photo by Robert Stoneback)
The new space gives Abigail's Attic about 2,400 square feet of space. The 295 Mill Street location provided about 1,600 square feet.
Abigail’s, a non-profit business, sells clothing ranging from business and special occasion wear to maternity and children clothing. They also sell small household items, jewelry, shoes and purses.