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Lee's Summit music store owners seek temporary location following fire

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Lee's Summit music store damaged in early morning fire
Lee's Summit music store damaged in early morning fire
Posted at 5:40 AM, Feb 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-10 11:38:56-05

LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. — The owners of a beloved music store are working to find a temporary location after a fire destroyed their current one Sunday morning.

The Lee's Summit Fire Department responded to Shining Light Music at 611 Southwest Third Street at 2:25 a.m.

According to LSFD, a police officer on patrol saw smoke coming from the business.

"It's not a small fire," the officer told a dispatcher on scanner traffic captured by

When firefighters arrived, the two-story building was engulfed in flames.

"Due to the amount of involvement and partial collapse of the structure, crews attacked the fire from a defensive position outside of the building," Assistant Chief Jim Eden with Lee's Summit Fire Department stated in a news release.

It took nearly three hours to destroy the business Deana and Brad Haines worked years to build.

The Haines estimated that they lost at least half-a-million dollars worth of instruments and other inventory in the fire, but the impact they've had on music education across the metro is priceless.

"It's about sharing music and making sure that students have quality instruments in their hands so they can truly learn the instrument," Brad Haines told 41 Action News.

Dozens of instructors teach hundreds of students weekly.

"We have professional jazz musicians who teach here, professional orchestral performers who are members of the Kansas City Symphony," Deana Haines said.

Rachel Hilkert's daughter, Emily, began taking piano lessons with Deana Haines two years ago.

"She got her started through piano camp, got her interested in music and has taught her everything she knows," Hilkert said.

Hilkert followed the Haines when they moved the store to its current location. They had just completed renovating a portion of the building.

"I love to sing. I love to play," Deana Haines said. "I've used it as a form of worship."

The Haines are now leaning on their faith amid the loss.

"God has a plan and he's been there every step of the way," Brad Haines said. "He built the business, and he's going to rebuild the business."

On Sunday night, customers and friends met at the fire scene to pray.

"We will come out of this better than we started," Deana Haines said.

As the Haines search for a temporary home, they are working to care of the students who rent instruments from them.

"A lot of the memories from being in this place, it is one of the things that makes it so hard," said Nick Rowland, an instructor at Shining Light Music.

Many of the instructors will also continue to teach from their homes for the immediate future.

Despite the roof collapsing, no one was hurt.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, The Missouri State Fire Marshal's Office is assisting Lee's Summit Fire.