CALUMET, Mich. (AP) — A fire that destroyed three buildings in a historic block in the Upper Peninsula occurred just two days before a couple planned to open a gem and mineral shop.
Brandon Looper and Jeanne Liuska were 50 miles away when they got a call about the Friday night fire in Calumet. They lost their apartment as well as a collection of coins, antique toys, and mining maps, The Daily Mining Gazette reported.READ MORE: 'Our Pure Michigan Summer Is Back,' Whitmer Officially Announces Mask Mandate, Some COVID Restrictions Lifted
“They’re one of a kind, and I’ll never get them back,” Looper said. “Nobody will. They’re lost forever.”
They’ve been able to salvage at least 100 pounds of an estimated 5,000 pounds of copper at the site. Looper said he put his life savings into the business. He didn’t have insurance.
“I didn’t want to swing a hammer my whole life, so I thought I’d try something new,” he said.READ MORE: Whitmer Announces Plan To Expand Tuition-Free College To 22,000 Additional Michiganders
Now he’s willing to raise a hammer if someone is hiring.
“It’s not snowing, and the bugs aren’t biting. … It sounds bad, but we’re Yoopers. We find a way to pick up the pieces,” Looper said.
Looper and Liuska are staying at a motel. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.MORE NEWS: July 4 Celebrations: Here's A List Of Fireworks Shows Happening In Metro Detroit
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