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Ripple effect after fire takes out Chugwater store

Posted: Wednesday, May 15th, 2013




CHUGWATER (AP) It all began when a man with black shoe polish smeared all over his face exited Interstate 25 and barreled into town one evening last winter.

A witness said John Barberini didn't brake before he crashed into the Horton's Corner convenience store Dec. 30, starting a fire that burned up his sport utility vehicle, burned down the store and caused a massive lingering headache for the 200 people of Chugwater, a prairie community nestled beneath sandstone bluffs in the southeastern corner of Wyoming.

Horton's Corner wasn't just any convenience store, see. It was the only place for miles around to get gas. It was Chugwater's lone grocery store. And it was one of the town's biggest employers. The fire cost a dozen people their jobs. "They're just twiddling their thumbs away, not knowing what to do," said the local mail carrier, Lori Whinery.



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