South Street fire: Residents, businesses rally around Eyes Gallery after blaze that damaged Jim’s Steaks

A small shop adjacent to Jim’s Steaks where the fire started was also damaged by the fire.

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — A fire that broke out at Jim’s Steaks on South Street in Philadelphia late last week damaged more than just the iconic cheesesteak shop.

The Eyes Gallery next door suffered smoke and water damage during Friday’s fire.

Now other businesses and residents are getting involved to help them recover.

“I felt like I was struck by lightning. I was stunned,” said Eyes Gallery owner Julia Zagar.

She says her store had extensive smoke and water damage. There was several meters of water in the basement, all the windows were destroyed and the ceiling now has to be replaced.

The gallery sells Latin American folk art, specialty clothing, and unique jewelry.

Philadelphia Magic Gardens’ Emily Smith started a GoFundMe that had raised nearly $20,000 as of Monday afternoon.

“The GoFundMe for us shows Julia, who is 82, that she shouldn’t throw in the towel, that people still love and support her,” said Emily Smith.

Zagar says her determination to stay on South Street is being bolstered by growing support from her neighbors.

“I thought I was going to retire. I’m 82 years old and now a project manager,” she laughs. “I didn’t want to go out like that. I didn’t want to go out like that.”

“I can’t express how much everyone has come to me to express their feelings,” Zagar said.

Zagar hopes to reopen.

For information on how you can help, visit the GoFundMe page here.

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