Four businesses suffer complete loss in West Valley fire

On Thursday, a devastating fire broke out in West Valley City, leaving several business owners in shock as they pick up the pieces. The incident occurred at a shopping center near 4700 S and 4000 W, impacting two businesses at first. Fire officials reported that four businesses were a total loss, with another experiencing extensive water damage.

West Valley City Fire Chief John Evans estimates the total damage to the shopping center at close to $2,000,000, with the roofs of all four affected businesses collapsed and not much left inside. It took about 60 firefighters from across the valley several hours to fight the fire. Chief Evans explained that the main part of the fire was extinguished, but the roof deck collapse required continued pouring of water to fully put out the fire.

One of the businesses lost in the fire was Vickey’s Peruvian Restaurant, leaving owner Victoria Palomino Leon devastated. Her business had been open for only two years, and she and her six employees are now without work. Despite the devastating loss, Leon is grateful that all occupants were able to evacuate safely, with no serious injuries reported. A firefighter did suffer a shoulder injury but was treated and released from the hospital.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation as business owners and firefighters work to move forward and rebuild after the tragic incident. The incident has left many in shock as they try to come to terms with what has happened and figure out how to move forward.

By Sophia Gonzalez

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