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Nashua couple’s business burns months before opening day

An eastern Iowa couple’s business burns down just months before it were supposed to open. 

Nashua couple Chris Robinson and Angie Sinwell Dietz was so excited to open up their new business, Tangled Root Cafe and Catering. They were hoping to open this fall. 

But now instead, they are sadly picking up the pieces, after a fire last Friday afternoon. 

Charles Shelby owns Shelby’s Southern Smokehouse, which is across the street from Tangled Root. He says he saw the roof burning and called 911. 

Shelby says, "It was pretty depressing, being in the same business, a little friendly competition, you want to see them thrive. But things happen and now we just extend our hearts and open our hands to them and offer all the help we can give them." 

Not far down the road, Sara Scobbe, the owner of Spirit Photography, also saw the fire. 

"And so the fire responded before I even realized it was happening. Small town businesses, we try to all stick together; it’s hard work, and we pour our hearts and souls into our businesses, so you know it’s sad to see their hard work being devastated in an instant," Scobbe says. 

People tell KWWL Tangled Root was going to be an important step in revitalizing Main Street. 

"That area was pretty bad over there across the street, but they had it looking better, and then this happens and back to square one again," Robinson says. 

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Fire crews say it was possibly electrical.

The ‘Tangled Root’ owners say a church has offered their kitchen to help them with catering for some upcoming events.


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