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Newburgh business owners sift through the rubble after weekend fire

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Don’s Claytons owner, Steve Schmitt, is working on restoring the Knight after it was pulled from the fire. Don’s Claytons owner, Steve Schmitt, is working on restoring the Knight after it was pulled from the fire.

Some Newburgh business owners are still going through the rubble looking for anything that could be salvaged, after a weekend fire.

The fire destroyed the Sharon Place shopping center Saturday.

Like all the other business owners, Don's Clayton's Dry Cleaner owner Steve Schmitt has lost a lot. But he says it isn't his possessions he's searching for today, it's those that meant so much to his customers.

A pitch fork in one hand and a shovel in the other. It's the easiest way for Steve Schmitt to search through the rubble. All for a piece of clothing that he hopes is still intact.

"I was looking for a 1920 baseball uniform that a lady brought into us just the day of the fire and of course it could be destroyed, but we're out here trying to see if we can find it because we know it meant a lot to her," said Schmitt.

A long shot in what remains of a building ravaged by fire, smoke, water and excavators.

But Don's Claytons owner is optimistic after finding some surprising items in the destruction.

"Well believe it or not I found my old school jacket that I found in a frame," said Schmitt. We also found a neat portrait that the castle students painted for me for this location. It's incredible it survived."

A well-known fixture in the Sharon Place location, what some consider a "mascot" for the store, the Castle Knight, also survived. The morning of the fire, some say it stood guard over the wreckage after firefighters pulled it from the blaze.

"They saw it and they reached into the building and grabbed him and put him out on the lawn and that's what saved him, my special thanks to the Newburgh fire department," said Schmitt.

Steve says it's the "knight" that survived the "night." They're working on restoring the metal suit of armor and say it will be back on display at the Bell Oaks location. 

We saw that suit of armor the morning of the fire and it was covered in ash and soot and it's just incredible that they've been able to restore it. Don's says it won't be completely restored because now it shows that's it's really been to battle. 

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