CLEVELAND -- Dozens of vendors met with the Cleveland Fire Department this afternoon to get a better idea of how long it will take to complete clean-up at the West Side Market so their businesses can reopen.
The city says it is still taking bids for the enormous project pushing back the start of the clean-up.
A fire early Wednesday morning destroyed two stalls inside the century-old landmark market. There is no structural damage to the building but there is extensive smoke damage.
In a meeting just inside the market's loading docks, vendors were also updated by the city's health department on inspections of food inside the market that also must be completed before a reopening date can be scheduled.
Vendors were also allowed to tour the inside of the market and their individual stands and take home some equipment and personal items.
WKYC spoke with Brian Foster of Foster's Meats, one of two businesses that were destroyed as a result of the fire. Foster says he will lose $10,000 a week while the market is closed and he rebuilds. He is hoping to have his stand back open in about two months.
The timeline for the West Side Market's reopening is expected to be shorter, but unknown at this time. For now, the market remains closed until further notice.
The produce vendors and the West Side Cafe, however, will reopen on Friday.
Damages for the vendors are still being assessed. The cause of the fire is not yet known.
The West Side Market is a popular draw for residents and tourists alike. It just celebrated its 100th birthday last year.