Anamosa art gallery owner continues teaching after devastating fire

Feb 23, 2017 at 9:24 pm | Print View

ANAMOSA — Days after her building in downtown Anamosa was devastated by fire, KC Kiner Wortman said she has no plans to let it stop her from teaching.

She and her husband, Doug Wortman, who both own the building at 106 E. Main St., plan to rebuild Thou Art, the gallery where Kiner Wortman taught classes for adults and children.

“I want to keep going,” she said.

Anamosa Fire Department Chief Tim Shada said the cause of Saturday’s fire remains under investigation, but it’s believed to have started somewhere in the ceiling between the first and second floor.

Shada said fire departments from Marion, Monticello and Martelle were called to the scene after the initial call came in around 4:30 a.m.

The roof of the building has partially collapsed, but the extent of the damage remains unknown, Shada said. The fire didn’t spread to neighboring structures, but they have sustained some water and smoke damage.

The investigation should be wrapped up “in the next couple of days,” he said.

Two tenants of the apartments on the second floor were taken to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics to be treated for “severe smoke inhalation,” but have since been released, Shada said. The Lawrence Community Center, 600 E Main St., is accepting clothing and donations for them.

Kiner Wortman said Thou Art housed the work of 25 Jones County artists. All the art was destroyed….

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