GLENWOOD, Ark. – A local pawn shop has been destroyed by fire.
Officials say the McGrew Knife Co. & Pawn Shop was reported in flames around 6:30 a.m. Monday at 242 Hwy. 70 East.
“My brother woke me up this morning about fifteen to 7 and said my pawn shop was on fire,” says Eddie McGrew.
He’s had the shop for almost 25 years. For a long time, the shop also made knives.
“I had my whole collection of them in there and they are all gone,” McGrew says.
That’s along with almost everything else inside.
“Worried about my customers who got stuff in there that’s on bond…making them happy,” he continues.
McGrew says about four months ago he had more than $30,000 worth of goods stolen from the shop, some of it belonged to other people.
At the time, the insurance he had didn’t cover the loss, so McGrew tried to pay people back as best he could.
“I probably had some enemies out there,” he says.
He also had a lot of people grateful for the help he’s provided over the years.
“On Facebook somebody said you know… I helped a lot of families pay their electric bills and their car payments… they wouldn’t have had electricity and stuff if it wasn’t for McGrew Pawn shop,” he adds.
The fire department says the blaze is under investigation. They haven’t said whether they believe it’s suspicious. McGrew says if insurance covers this loss, he plans to rebuild.
“I can hardly believe my dad’s pawn shop burned to the ground this morning. He’s worked so hard and put so much in to this place all the memories and memorabilia that was lost. So sad,” said the owner’s daughter, Shelley McGrew. “It’s so sad still… a total loss. We had all my grandpa and great grandpa’s guns stored there for safekeeping and now they are gone.”
Photos courtesy Shelley McGrew