Local church helping to fill void that fatal fire created
It's been a week since fire destroyed the town and village offices and a local restaurant in the Wyoming County Village of Castile. AS YNN's Geoff Redick explains, a local church is taking the first step towards filling that void.
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CASTILE, N.Y. -- "Well I think it's just like any small town," said Chuck Klein, Castile UCC elder. "They all come together. Doesn't matter what town it is."
A week after fire destroyed the core of this village...
"We should open our doors to the community," said Marlene Loomis, Castile UCC Administrator.
...Healing has begun.
Loomis said, "The local Lorraine's Place was burned and so the church just wanted to open their doors to the community that don't have a place to meet for coffee in the morning."
It's a church cafe, of sorts. But also therapy.
Klein said, "Get the people to gather and talk about what happened and hopefully move on from there."
Moving on will be hard. According to police, one of Castile's own, Lorraine Qutermous, is believed to have died in fire. The Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office has not yet positively identified the body found in the rumble. Lorraine Qutermous was more than a local restaurant owner. She was family and a friend to many here as well.
Loomis said, "She was from the community, from day one. So yeah, it was a big loss. Not just Lorraine's restaurant, but Lorraine herself."
There's nothing like a little comfort food, but people in Castile find their resilience in a higher power.
"We're just trying to spread the love of Christ, to be honest. I know we're in a church, but we really are just trying to reach out to the community and just share God's love with them," Loomis said.
"If you're a church person, you got the Bible in your hand: You go through and see what Jesus did. What would He have done in this situation and we know what He would have done," Klein said. "You move on. That's what you have to do. And Lorraine would like that. She would."