Muscatine building goes blue to honor fire victims


A bright blue building stands apart in Muscatine’s skyline. 

That’s exactly what Muscatine Downtown Investors LLC property manager Brian Chick had in mind when he decided to light up the Pearl View.

He hopes when people see it, they’ll stop and remember the mom, Amy L. Wentz, and her two daughters, Andreah Schroeder and Lily Wentz, who died in a house fire earlier this week.

“I heard about it that night — what happened — and I have kids, too,” Chick said. “I’m just devastated because put that in my situation … Blue just seemed like a nice color that everybody could unite to.”

Chasey Sedam works just across the street from the Pearl View and said she goes to the same high school 17-year-old Andreah attended.

“Definitely some of the teachers have been pretty shaken up about it,” Sedam said.

For her, the blue lights bring everyone together.

“It definitely shows that the community is making sure something like this doesn’t go unnoticed,” Sedam said. “They still want to make sure that the girls are represented and their lives were not lost without anyone knowing.”

Sedam isn’t the only person taking notice. Hundreds of people have shared the image on facebook. 

“A lot of people [were] proud we did it and we did it for the family,” Chick said. “[We’re] just happy to do it for Muscatine.”

Chick just wants the family to know Muscatine is here for them.

“We’re super sorry for what happened. I couldn’t even imagine what they’re going through,” he said. “We’re all together behind them.”

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