Performing arts group in Mesa picking up the pieces after fire at warehouse

MESA, AZ - A performing arts group in Mesa is recovering after a fire broke out at their production warehouse and destroyed decades of costumes, props and furniture.

On June 17, Southwest Shakespeare Company was devastated to discover that a fire started outside of the building and extended inside, according to the Mesa Fire Department. Thankfully, no injuries were reported but 23 years worth of items were lost in the blaze.

A GoFundMe was set up to help the group recover what was burned during the fire. They’re asking for donations in hopes of repurchasing thousands-of-dollars worth of props that were destroyed.

Here’s a list of items that the donations will go towards:

  • Tools: power tools, staple guns, screwdrivers, power drills, electric saws, band saw, table saw, welding accessories, ladders, step stools, wrenches, hand tools, lighting and sound systems.
  • Props and set pieces: books, glasses, tea sets, crowns, lamps, foliage
  • Furniture: chase lounges, love seats, sofas, chairs, benches, upholstered pieces, tables, cocktail tables, side tables and end tables

As of Thursday afternoon, they were more than $11,000 short of their $20,000 goal.

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