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Burns Feed Store of Gresham will donate 10 percent of sales on Feb. 23 to the owners of Bentley Feed Store in Molalla, which was destroyed by fire on Feb. 6.

PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: MOLALLA PIONEER - The Bentley Feed Store is shown next to the 'boutique' building in downtown Molalla. Both buildings were destroyed by fire on Feb. 6.In a show of "family" support, Burns Feed Store in Gresham is holding a benefit event for Bentley Feed Store in Molalla, which was destroyed by fire Wednesday, Feb. 6.

On Saturday, Feb. 23, Burns Feed Store, 29215 S.E. Orient Drive, Gresham, will donate 10 percent of the day's sales to Bentley, helping the business get back on its feet after the fire.

"Watching the news the (next) morning, we were crushed to hear of the destruction caused by the structure fire in the heart of Molalla," said Robin Anderson of Burns Feed Store. "Their building along with inventory was a total loss.

"Our relationship with Bentley Feed Store is not based upon any sort of competition or rivalry, but a common bond of a family-owned feed store established in the 1950s that has a very strong community following," she added.

The Molalla Pioneer reported on the three-alarm fire, saying the blaze started in an "old boutique" in downtown Molalla, near the intersection of North Molalla Avenue and West Main Street, spreading to nearby buildings, including Bentley Feed Store.

Two people were living in "the boutique" building. An elderly woman awoke to the smoke alarms and came out of the building. But her son, a man in his 50s, died in the fire.

According to Molalla Fire Public Information Officer Todd Gary, the primary building, "the boutique," where the fire started was comprised of wood and was built partly in the 1800s and partly around 1920.

The neighboring Bentley Feed Store was constructed of a concrete front facade, with an all wood interior. While the facade remains intact, the feed store was gutted by the fire.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, buy fire officials do not suspect foul play.

For more information on the Feb.23 benefit, call Burns Feed Store at 503-663-3246.


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