BRAWLEY — While fire may have gutted the building that housed the Brawley Thrift Store, the Rev. Raymond Arroyo said the charitable work of his church through the store will continue.
The thrift store, at the corner of Ninth and G streets, is run by Overcomers in Christ Ministries.
On Sunday a fire burned down the store despite the efforts of some 30 firefighters from departments around the Valley. They battled the blaze for two hours, but the fire gutted the building.
Brawley firefighters think the blaze originated in the attic and the cause of the fire may have been electrical. A determination of the cause had not been finalized as of this morning.
Arroyo said of the fire, "It was pretty shocking for myself and our volunteers. It is just something that happens."
He added, "Our faith will keep us going."
Arroyo said the church has been operating the thrift store for five years. The store had been at the corner of Ninth and G for more than two years.