On Labor Day, since there wasn't a whole lot traffic-wise to report on, we in the traffic plane decided to fly over the quaint, historic town of Mount Airy, which had suffered a devastating fire on Main Street the day before (see also the above video). Media reports had been that the entire Main Street had been shut down. Turns out that it was maybe only one block that remained closed.
But the damage was done. What had once been a pizza restaurant (where the fire started, in a pizza oven) and several other businesses was a pile of timber, which looked like kindling from the air. Fortunately, one of them was not my cousin's wife's deli, Concetta's. Of course, that means others have been deprived of their livelihood.
I visited her today and found that she and other downtown business folks have started a rebuilding fund, and one developer is selling "Let's Rebuild Mount Airy - Fire Can't Stop Us!" T-shirts, with the proceeds going toward the fund.
Mount Airy is going on with its annual Fall Fest on October 6 and 7, and will be doing so with rebuilding from the fire as its focus. The T-shirts will be available. I think we might go over there to lend our support.