Well, this is just awful. The Ohio University Post reports that Universe of Superheroes, the terrific store in Athens, Ohio, where I used to buy my comics, was gutted by fire Sunday.
Owners Tom Green and Todd Grace estimate they lost $100,000 in merchandise. Insurance is expected to cover the $200,000 in damages to the store and the apartments above.
Neighboring businesses have been pitched in to do what they can, with Donkey Coffee and Espresso giving free coffee to store employees while they try to come up with ideas to raise money to replace the lost stock. Luke Potter Photography, located next door, is allowing the comic-store employees to sell salvaged merchandise out of a spare room.
Related: More newspaper coverage