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Fire destroys Platte cafe, damages two others

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Platte's Main street has lost a little bit of history. Shorty's Bar and Cafe fell victim to an electrical fire on Saturday morning. Fire crews spent nearly 7 hours battling the fire. Ash and a skeletal structure are all that is left behind.

"They were just crawling through all that debris I just couldn't believe it." Said Lori Werkmeister

Not only did the fire claim Werkmeister's business but she watched her mother's legacy go up in smoke.

"I've got 27 years of my life in that place, I had my kids work for me, I worked for my mom, my sister worked for my mom, it's just hard to see her dream go up in smoke since she's gone." Said Werkmeister.

Shorty's has been in Werkmeister's family since 1985, she says she can hardly look at what's left behind of the family restaurant. While Werkmeister's thankful the fire was accidental, She just hopes insurance will help cover the damage this fire caused.

Next door is Cole Anderson's Radio Shack. While his building is still standing, there is plenty of underlying damage.

"We're probably going to have to gut everything, repaint everything, seal things up and try to replace inventory. We have some rough damage that needs to be fixed." Said Anderson.

While Anderson may be closed for a few days, Werkmeister is looking at months. She says she doesn't know whether or not Shorty's will be rebuilt but Werkmeister says several people are pushing her in that direction.

"Everybody in a small town wants you to succeed, everybody pulls for you, everybody does, no matter what you start up." Said Werkmeister.

With the support of the community, Shorty's may only be gone a short time. Proving the town's water tower is correct that no matter what 'it's possible in Platte.'

"My mom always said I have nine lives, this just proves it. I just keep going and going." Said Werkmeister.

Werkmeister also has some luck on her side. The money in the bar's register made it through the fire and most of her business accounts also survived with just a little singe here and there.

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