'There's a lot of strain, heartbreak, frustration'

'There's a lot of strain, heartbreak, frustration'
Petrie Hall at Heritage University in Toppenish, Wash. Photo by Tyler Slauson, Action News

CENTRAL WASHINGTON -- Groups across the Yakima Valley are stepping up to help Heritage University after the fire that destroyed one of its main buildings.

Both Wapato and Toppenish school districts offered to provide food.

Toppenish Community Hospital and Perry Tech also offered to help.

Central Washington University President James Gaudino saw his business burn down years ago and says this experience inspired him to do something here.

"There was a personal dimension having gone through it but professionally it would have been the same thing because there is a lot of strain, heartbreak, frustration," said CWU President James Gaudino. "And we're in the same business, we have to solve it."

Heritage President John Bassett tells KIMA the university has to establish a recovery plan in order to know what will be needed most.