Zionsville business owners assess damage after fire

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Clean up is underway after a fire that started in downtown Zionsville Sept. 18.

The buildings at 70 South Main Street and 65 South First Street were impacted. They house three apartments on the second floor and Silk Purse Antiques, Julie Bova Interior Designs and Noah Grants at ground level.

The Zionsville Chamber of Commerce quickly offered assistance but businesses are still trying to determine needs.

“People need to sit and assess,” Executive Director Tracy Phillips said. “My response was when you know what you need, tell us what you need.”

She has also heard from chamber members offering their services.

“I have no doubt people on Main Street and the rest of the Zionsville community is going to step up and help when they want it and when they need it,” Phillips said.

The cause of the fire is still being investigated. One Zionsville firefighter was treated and released for possible heat-related injuries. Of the three apartments on the third floor, only one was reported occupied.

Noah Grants announced on Facebook it would not reopen but plans to move to the first floor of the Carter Building this fall, which has been planned for several months.

At Noah Grants, wine bottles and menus were salvaged, but owner Shari Jenkins wasn’t optimistic about the rest.

“There’s nothing left,” she said. “It was all coming with us.”

On Facebook, Julie Bova Interior Designs announced it will operate as usual, but “we do not know when our retail store, located at 70 South Main Street, will be back up and running.”

Workers from Julie Bova Interior Design and Total Restoration, assisting with the clean-declined comment on the extent of devastation except to say items were fire-damaged. Throughout the week, trucks were loaded with debris and damaged furnishings.

“There will be time when we can give some help, but now is not the time,” Phillips said of assisting affected businesses. “They’re just figuring everything out right now.”

To the south of the building an alley prevented the fire from spreading. Noble Order owner Mike Miller said his business was not affected.

“We were really fortunate on that end,” he said. “It doesn’t appear that we have damage that would interrupt our business in any way.”


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