The faces behind the burned walls

By Molly Reuter - bio - email

Posted by Ellen Krafve - email

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - While downtown residents were able to go back home this morning, it will be weeks before some tenants get back in their office. Others will have to move their business all together.

Levine's is a clothing store, has been in downtown Tyler for more than 30 years. Ralph Mason said his store survived the fire, suffering minor water and smoke damage because of a fire wall. Keith Miller's Law Office, however, was not so lucky.

"I think we lost 40-60 thousand dollars property," estimated Miller. "We're well insured. We've been calling all the clients all day long insuring them that we had a computer back up."

"The fire department came in and they did a real good job, they brought in some fire hoses and things like that, but we did get a little water, but the amount of merchandice damage is so small, so it's just a matter of airing the store out," said Levine's Manager Mason.

Levine's said it hopes to be back open on Thursday. Keith Miller said he plans on renting space in the Regions Bank Building in downtown Tyler.