COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ)
The True/False Film Fest stated on its website that it lost about $75,000 of inventory in a Sept. 15 fire.
A fire broke out in a Downtown Columbia building at the corner of Ninth and Broadway streets on Sept. 15. The building housed Tellers bar and restaurant and office space for True/False. Several firefighters were treated for heat exposure at the time. No employees were injured.
On a page for its fire relief fund, the fest stated that damage included projection equipment, computers, furniture and supplies, and said the office is unusable. Tellers also closed following the fire and a reopen date has yet to be announced.
“While we have insurance to help offset hard costs, that process, as most know, is tedious and protracted – and at a time when we are heading into our busiest festival season,” True/False wrote on its website.
True/False wrote that its festival is still expected to go on as planned, but is asking the public to help raise $10,000 to attempt to replace equipment. The fest is scheduled to take place Feb. 29-March 3 in Downtown Columbia, according to its website. As of writing, $1,975 was raised.
In September, a large-loss project manager at Servpro -- a restoration and cleanup company located in Columbia – stated it could take three-to-six before the building undergoes construction.