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43 jobs lost due to Royse City Wing Dingers fire

By J.J. Smith. Forty-three jobs have been lost as a result of the fire which gutted the Wing Dingers restaurant and Roots Coffee Co. in Royse City Sept. 2.

According to Brigette Cutchins, who just purchased the restaurant July 1 from Royse City resident Chris Fisher, eight full-time and 35 part-time employees lost their jobs.

She said they are currently organizing fund-raising events to aid those who lost their jobs.

“We are so grateful for the outpouring of support we’ve received,” she said. “It’s really been heartwarming.”

“Since purchasing the business, we’ve been working so hard to rebuild the trust of the community. It’s such a shame.”

Cutchins said that they still have no idea what caused the fire. It may have been arson, faulty wiring or something else.

“We won’t know for sure what caused the fire until we receive the report from the lab,” she said.

“The report published last week by a local newspaper was not correct stating that the fire was not caused by arson,” she said. “The fire marshall said the local newspaper that reported it took his comments out of context.”

“TheRockwallNews is the first news media to contact me to ask,” she added.

Until investigators determine the cause of the fire, insurance company benefits cannot be paid, which can assist employees and allow Cutchins to rebuild.

Royse City Fire Marshall Richard Bell said recently that it could take as long as six months until the cause is determined. Evidence was sent to the state fire arson lab last week, which is standard procedure.

To donate or help organize fund-raisers, call Cutchins at 303-801-8856.

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