Fire damages iconic Blowing Rock business, but 'Prayer Tree' remains unscathed

BLOWING ROCK, N.C. — A fire on Thursday caused heavy damage to a business in Blowing Rock, but not the more than 13,000 prayer cards placed outside of the business.

The Take Heart Boutique is temporarily closed following the fire. The owner tells Channel 9 reporter Dave Faherty that an electrical issue started the blaze.

The prayer cards are hung in trees that surround the building -- one in particular, became known as The Prayer Tree.

The building that houses the business is more than a century old, the owner said.