Pricey Cleanup Begins at West Side Market

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CLEVELAND -- Major cleanup and restoration begins at the West Side Market following the devastating fire there last week.

While this is promising news for the market vendors and customers, it's still not known when the Market House will re-open.

Frickaccio's in Fairview Park was busy on Sunday getting Super Bowl orders ready.

But, owner Terry Frick said it is not likely to make up for lost business from their Frickaccio's stand at the West Side Market this past week.

Frick is one of about 80 vendors who cannot go back to their stands after Wednesday's fire inside the historic 100-year-old building.

“We are not directly near where the fire started, but all the stands were affected by smoke,” Frick said.

Investigators say the fire centered around two stands -- Sebastian's Meats and Foster's, but the destruction from smoke and water damage was throughout the market.

Frick said she was surprised the Frickaccio’s food cases had smoke inside of them.

"We had to remove everything out of the cases.  All food had to be destroyed.  Everything had to be removed.  It's basically starting from scratch,” she added.

RestorX MD, a Mentor-based disaster recovery company, began the work of cleaning and restoring the market.

The City of Cleveland estimates the cleanup could take up to ten days --- at a cost of about $276,000.

The outside produce arcade was not directly affected by the fire and opened on Friday.

It is expected to continue to operate during its normal business hours.

Frick can only wonder when they will be back to their West Side Market stand selling her famous pizza bagels again.

"The fact that you have two weeks, maybe up to a month yet without no sales -- that's what really hurts, and it's lost business," she said.

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