BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Homeowners of the companies broken by Saturday’s fires in Downtown Bakersfield need to decide up the items from the devastation. Some companies had extra injury than anticipated and one business-owner mentioned he didn’t have insurance coverage.
The fireplace started at round 2 a.m. subsequent door to Tina Marie’s Cafe. It shortly unfold and continued to burn for the subsequent three hours, taking the down the cafe and one other native enterprise.
“Simply turning round proper now and taking a look at this constructing, it’s heartbreaking,” Tina Marie mentioned.
The restaurant has been a staple in downtown for the previous 17 years.
“It’s part of me, it’s my life its my life work.”
Tina Marie says she’ll take a while to recoup from the traumatic occasion, however she plans to rebuild and is set to return again for her prospects.
“That is all I do that is all I do know, that is my life,” she mentioned. “Ive been within the meals service business for without end and I dont plan on altering that anytime quickly.”
A second fireplace began at midday and burned two companies subsequent door: Sensations Lingerie and Maria’s Furnishings. Invoice Bui owns each companies and says he doesn’t have insurance coverage.
“I actually dont know proper now what to do, and up to now the whole lot I needed to do with my very own arms now,” Bui mentioned.
The fireplace nearly reached the Buena Vista Museum, however firefighters had been capable of stop it from spreading to the connecting partitions. On Sunday, Koral Hancharick, the museum’s proprietor, says there’s extra water injury than she anticipated, however she’s feeling grateful.
“We dont have any actual injury to artifacts or specimens, it’s all beauty,” she mentioned.
Some suspect the fires started because of homeless encampments. Hancharick mentioned she’s heard rumors some homeless broke into the pallet enterprise to begin a warming fireplace.
Tina Marie mentioned she’s seen homeless folks tenting out within the space. “Im not too certain what could be accomplished about it down right here nevertheless it’s positively an issue.”
The Bakersfield Hearth Division says they’re investigating each fires for arson.