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Restaurant Refuses to Close Doors to Community Affected by Fire

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In 30 years, Howards on the River has never closed, and management is not letting the Carlton Complex Fire stop that. In 30 years, Howards on the River has never closed, and management is not letting the Carlton Complex Fire stop that.

PATEROS, WA - A path of destruction is left behind in some Central Washington towns.

Pateros was hit particularly hard by the flames, now no electricity, or clean water is available and businesses have shut their doors.

But one restaurant refuses to do that. 

In 30 years, Howard's on the River has never closed, and management is not letting the Carlton Complex Fire stop that. 

"The community needs somewhere to go, there's gonna be people without homes, they're gonna need to get to the hotel, we need to be here for the people," Jeanette Palmer, Manager said.

 No power, No problem for Howard's, less than 12 hours after the fire hit, two generators were on their way from Moses Lake to power the kitchen and the gas pumps. 

Hungry people appreciated the effort.

"Well it's great. it's great to see not everything was damaged," Rob LaBow, customer said. 

Howard's is open but it sure is not  your average day there,  friends gather to tells stories, stories about the horrors they have seen. 

"It's like any disaster, it takes a few days to really understand what has happened. But one thing about a small town is we'll put our arms around each other and we'll regroup," said Howard Asumussen, Owner. 

While so much has changed outside, inside Howard's, a lot remains the same, people still come for a laugh and a meal and in the face of such tragedy, the community comes together for each other.

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