MARLBOROUGH – One month after a fire damaged several businesses at 42 Boston Post Road East, some businesses have opened, some remained closed and one has reopened in a temporary location.
Sunnyside Café reopened on Feb. 8, after spending the last few weeks dealing with smoke and water damage.
“It’s good to be back,” said Alice Pomerleau, who’s worked at the café for about five months.
She said the business had to deal with cleanup from smoke and water damage.
“A lot of stuff had to be thrown out,” she said.
Marlborough Nutrition, which took the brunt of the damage from the Jan. 15 fire, reopened a few days later at Crag Fitness at 55 Maple St.
“They were gracious enough to let us use the space,” said Crystal Lozano, who opened the business on Feb. 14 three years ago. “We’re very grateful to Crag Fitness. They reached out to us the day after the fire, one small business to another, and we were here five days later.”
Lozano said that Maple Street “will be the location for now” while they deal with the insurance process.
The Vape City smoke shop opened on Jan. 19. Three other businesses – Yummy Kitchen Chinese Restaurant, Sun Relaxation Therapy and Oriental Nail Salon – remain closed.
On Jan. 15, Marlborough Fire responded to a report of heavy smoke coming from the one-story structure. Engine 5, Engine 1, Engine 2, Rescue 1, Tower 1 and Car 5, and Patriot EMS arrived at the scene with an ambulance. Car 2 responded as well.
The fire was found in the space between the ceiling and the roof decking, which is an area called the cockloft. The f ire was extinguished, and the building was checked for fire extension. There was damage to the trusses supporting the roof in the area where the fire was believed to have started.