Slaton Family Medical Clinic rebuilds after destructive fire


LOSS OF TWO, LONG-TIME SLATON BUSINESSES OVER THE WEEKEND. ‘KLEMKE SAUSAGE’ AND THE ‘SLATON FAMILY MEDICAL CLINIC’ – BURNED.. AND KAMC’S ‘TORI LARNED’ SPOKE WITH THE OWNERS OF THE CLINIC.. ABOUT REBUILDING. TORI THESE FLAMES STILL BURN BEHIND ME AND SMOKE FILLING THE AIR AFTER A DEVASTATING FIRE ON SATURDAY BURNING TWO BUSINESSES INCLUDING THE CITY’S FAMILY MEDICAL CLINIC. THE DOCTOR SAYS HE LOST EVERYTHING IN THIS FIRE BUT BEING THE ONLY CLINIC FOR MANY RURAL AREAS TO COME TO, AS FAR AS POST, HE SAYS HE HAS TO STAY OPEN. SO THIS MORNING HE GRABBED SUPPLIES FROM MANY PHARMACIES TO MAKE SURE HE COULD SEE HIS PATIENTS. A NEARBY BUSINESS EVEN LENDING THEIR OFFICE SO HE COULD CONTINUE OPERATIONS. WHILE THE TOWN RALLIED AROUND HIM AND KLEMKEES SAUSAGE COMPANY, ANOTHER BUSINESS INVOLVED, HE SAYS THIS LOSS WAS DIFFICULT. AL BENDECK, OWNS SLATON FAMILY MEDICAL CLINIC: THERES NOTHING LEF JUST A COUPLE WALLS STANDING BUT EVERYTHING IS BURNT MELTED AND GONE. WHICH IS DEVASTATING. MEDICAL DEGREES, ALL MY MILITARY CERTIFICATES AND MILITARY ACHIEVEMENTS, EVERYTHING WAS BURNT GONE. JASON CORLEY, LIVES ACROSS THE STREET FROM FIRE: I THINK THE OXYGEN BOTTLES BLEW UP INSIDE THE CLINIC I COULD SEE THOSE. THAT WAS A PRETTY BIG FIRE BALL THAT CAME OUT THROUGH THE FRONT. AT SOME POINT THE WALL ON THIS SIDE FELL DOWN. BY THAT TIME THE BACK WALL OF THE CLINIC HAD BLOWN OUT AS WELL. TORI SLATON FIRE SAYS DUE TO THE CONDITIONS OF THE BUILDING THEY ARE GOING TO HAVE TO TEAR IT DOWN IN ORDER TO PUT OUT HTE REST OF THOSE FLAMES AND INVESTIGATE THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE. REPORTING FROM SLATON IM TORI LARNED KAMC NEWS. LAUREN EMPLOYEES HERE AT KAMC SPENT THE DAY VOLUNTEERING AT LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS ACROSS TOWN. IT’S OUR ANNUAL ‘FOUNDER’S DAY

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