Business opens doors to firefighters, first responders working Pulaski church fire

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Published: Jan. 11, 2017 at 8:12 PM EST
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More than 100 firefighters worked on putting out the fire at the church. So a business across the street opened its doors to give them and other first responders a warm place to take a break.

The Bower Funeral Home Chapel has now become the place for investigators to meet. But in the early morning hours, it gave firefighters shelter and restrooms in between shifts.

"I'm just doing what I would think something anybody would do who would just happen to be across the street from it," Funeral Director Aaron Rygas said.

Rygas opened the doors to his funeral home around midnight. He let first responders stay inside and soon the community chipped in.

Local businesses dropped off food, thanking first responders for their hard work. Rygas says he's not surprised by the support.

"We're a tight knit, small little country spot. I mean, that's kind the way this place is. Especially with this church. Even if it wasn't somebody that was a member or even been there, there's still so many connections with this place," Rygas said.

Business has not been disrupted at the funeral home and Rygas says investigators can stay and use the space as long as they need to.