City of Kingsburg coming together to help local business owners who were devastated by a recent fire

KINGSBURG, Calif. (KFSN) -- A piece of Kingsburg's identity was lost back on October 15th when an overnight fire tore through a historic building and completely destroyed some local businesses. The fire caused more than a million dollars in damages.

Now barricaded off with chain link fencing since the fire the Stone Hotel building was home to four businesses-- including Kim White's day spa.

"There's a lot of broken hearts here in Kingsburg-- like I said, the community is devastated also not just us as business owners."

Pastor Pete Querin saw his non-profit coffee house turn to rumble after 15 years in the same place.

"We're still looking, I don't know if we'll find a place that's quite like this to do what we're doing with our Common Ground Coffee House. It was literally a sanctuary for a lot of people. It was a place they could go."

The city of Kingsburg is now reaching out to the community to help support these business owners with a go fund me account

"The GoFundMe account is actually for all the businesses affected. Whether they need to move and need that first and last month's rent. Some of them didn't have insurance so they need some money to get them back on their feet so we can get them back to work," said Michelle Roman, Kingsburg Mayor Pro-Tem.

Locals are still picking up the pieces.

Nearby businesses like Diane's Bakery and Cafe opened Tuesday for the first time since the fire

"Four businesses were impacted with a total loss and then in the Village Mall there are other businesses that had water damage and had to be shut down until it was all cleaned up and they lost a lot of revenue for that," said Roman.

Plans are still up in the air as to what will happen to his historic building while the owners wait for their insurance money.
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