It's been nearly two months since the fire wreaked havoc on downtown Prophetstown.
And residents are still feeling the effects.
"There's a lot more traffic going through town then there used to be especially when it first happened all the insurance agents and quite a few people would be in town, so they'd stop in," says Jeton Abduli, Owner, Prophet Family Restaurant.
Jeton Abduli is the owner of Prophet Family Restaurant, just two doors down from the damage. He says business has been on the rise since the blaze.
"It's picked up quite a few due to being the only restaurant, well not the only restaurant, but not having Cindy Jeans and what not and we've had quite a few people in town coming in," says Abduli.
But other businesses on Main Street aren't having the same luck.
"It's down because we've lost one of our main restaurants on Main Street and that brought in a lot of out of town customers. A lot of people came there and then they'd go to the stores here in town and shop and so there's several of us who sell gifts and those kinds of items so we felt the impact with that," says Pam Plautz, Owner, Flowerland.
People who live in Prophetstown say they're supporting local businesses even more since the tragedy.
"I think everyone is trying to shop local like they always did, but maybe a little bit more aware of it now. When you see your coworkers, your friends, your neighbors having trouble and struggling you all want to pitch in and help," says Heather Vahle, Prophetstown Resident.
Today cleanup has finally started with crews picking through the rubble. Work was supposed to begin last week. But it was delayed as businesses worked out who would do it and at what cost.
"I think everyone is ready to see the mess gone and see something new in its place," says Vahle.
"We know the future is going to get good, it's just going to take time," says Plautz.
The wrecking ball and cranes will start tearing down what's left starting next week.
The demolition and cleanup is expected to take up to a month.
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