MILLCREEK, Utah — Business owners set up chairs to watch the removal of cranes looming over their buildings Friday in the wake of Wednesday’s massive Millcreek fire.
They have yet to get back into their shops because of the danger of a crane collapsing. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms has yet to even go into the scene.
All the owners wonder what's next as they learn whether their insurance will cover their losses, and how much they must pay with no income while they are shut down.
“It's stressful and emotional, lots of tears. This is our livelihood, sorry, just don’t know,” said Kami Flinders, owner of Amari Salon.
Flinders is still trying to figure everything out and is hoping that insurance will cover most, if not all, of her losses, but there is also the price for deductibles.
Amari’s is unique because it is made up of individual salons inside, meaning her 13 tenants are also out revenue from the fire.
But the spirits of those who were watching were lifted by the unexpected arrival of a guest, Jung Park.
Park was the one person injuries in the fire. When fellow business owner Leslie Fowlks-Warner saw her, they embraced each other while fighting back tears.
Park recounted how she had a panic attack when she saw the fire bearing down on her business.
She tried to rush back inside to save her customers' clothes, but it was too late and she couldn’t brave the heat to save things.
Jung, a strong woman in her 70s, cares deeply about her customers.
“I love my customers. All customers: I love you,” she said.
While Park was in the hospital, she says all she could think about were those who have kept her afloat, and she worried about the special occasions they might miss should their clothes be destroyed.
She also hopes if any customers see this story, they will reach out to her by emailing FOX 13 reporter Spencer Joseph at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jung's insurance information is also inside the store, and with no idea what she is going to have to pay, she is worried.
A GoFundMe page has been set up by the owners of the business complex, with the money going to the owners affected by the fire.