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      Georgetown chocolate store reopens after Front Street fire

      Once Skip Yeager, owner of Sweeties Sweets in Georgetown got word of the Front Street fire Wednesday, he rushed over to see the damage.

      "It was just panic, this is our livelihood," said Yeager, owner of Sweeties Sweets.

      But the chocolate store survived.

      "It was so close, yes, just relief. I called Cindy and said things were intact and we were just waiting for them to get the fire out," added Yeager.

      Sweeties opened at 10 a.m. on Friday.

      "I was walking around the crowd of people and they were saying, 'Sweeties, thank goodness it's still there.' So we just felt we had to add some normalcy back," said Yeager.

      Yeager says the fire started just a couple of stores down from his business but because of the direction of the winds, he got lucky.

      "Just so fortunate. We feel a lot of, Cindy and I feel a lot of guilt, survivors guilt," said Yeager.

      The only thing, the shop lost power which caused some of the ice cream to melt, so Skip did what he could to make sure it didn't go to waste.

      "It started to thaw right away. We got in in time and gave it to the Salvation Army," said Yeager.

      Yeager says the next few months will be tough for his business, but he believes once front street is rebuilt, it will be better than ever.

      There's a temporary fence around sweeties, which will be pushed back once inspectors say it's safe.