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GoFundMe campaign started to assist business owner who lost everything in Josephine Street fire

Nelson Daily Staff
By Nelson Daily Staff
June 14th, 2020

The recent structure fire on Josephine Street in Nelson that decimated a handful of local businesses, proved to be catastrophic for one of the entrepreneurs.

Josh, at Divine Alchemy Tattoos, saw the COVID-19 pandemic as a good time to allow the insurance to expire — no staff, no business, no customers.

However, the fire gutted the tattoo parlour leaving owner Josh, with no insurance, losing years of portfolio, equipment, specialized furniture, electronic devices and the prospect of starting up as soon as COVID-19 allowed.

A friend is encouraging the public to assist with a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for the tattoo parlour to return.

“This fire took it all from Josh and his hard earned years and years of Divine Alchemy Tattoos,” said organizer Angella Joss.

“I am hoping we can as a team and community come together to lift (Josh) up at a time when he obviously could use our help,” Joss added.

Joss has set a target at $25,000. As of Sunday, the campaign raised $6,489 with 92 donations.

The fire started at approximately 5:21 p.m. Thursday in the ceiling area of a bathroom in one of the businesses in the building Nelson Fire Rescue said.

The structure, which had undergone extensive renovations and modifications over the years, housed a tattoo parlour, restaurant, dry cleaner and pottery shop.

In all 24 Nelson Fire Rescue firefighters, along with Nelson Police officers, responded to the incident with two fire engines, one ladder truck, one tender truck and two utility vehicles. 

There is significant fire damage to the roof structure and part of the upper floor, with smoke and water damage throughout the building.

The surrounding building area was fenced off the past few days to allow Nelson Fire Rescue staff to continue the investigation.


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