“Browse Awhile Books was part of that diversity. I have no doubt that the business and community is relieved to know that the building will be rebuilt so that the quaint architectural experience that stimulates one visual senses while going from shop-to-shop will also remain,” Eggleston said
Work continues on removing the approximately 150,000 books and packing and storing what could be salvaged in a building at the Ginghamsburg Church. Jones now estimates two-thirds to three-quarters of the inventory of the business started in 1980 in Sidney can be saved. Browse Awhile Books moved to the Tipp City building in 1990.
Jones said the support of the community since the fire has been amazing. “It needs to go back up,” he said of the building and business. “I owe that to the community.”
The cause of the fire has not been determined, but it is not suspicious, according to a fire report.
The fire was first reported the evening of June 20, but it rekindled and crews were called out again the next morning. As crews were arriving on scene around 5:10 a.m., they reported heavy smoke and flames.
Damage estimates have ranged from $600,000 to $1 million.