It may be a week before the attraction can reopen.
(Cleveland) - (Cleveland) – The effort to restore and clean the West Side Market is underway.
Workers arrived Sunday morning to begin fixing fire damage in the Market House.
Cleveland’s Public Works Department signed a contract with RestorX MD to clean the 100-year-old landmark. They began moving in heavy machinery and tools. Many of the stands inside were covered with tarps.
The cost of the job is estimated at $276,000. Work may take 5-to-10 day to complete.
Only a few produce vendors opened their stands at the West Side Market Friday, after being given approval to return to business as usual Thursday.
Vince Bertonaschi, president of the West Side Market Tenants Association says most produce vendors are not able to get into the basement where their fruits and vegetables are stored because fire restoration effects have not yet begun.
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The historic West Side Market House remains closed until further notice from this week's fire. City of Cleveland spokesperson Maureen Harper updated the media on the status of the West Side Market and last week conducted a tour of Sebastian's Meats, where the fire began.
At that time, meat and slabs of ribs could still be seen in their gutted cases, buried in broken glass and debris.
Harper says the city is looking for contractors who can quicky work to remove soot, and other damage to bring the West Side Market back up to health department standards.
Bertonaschi tells Newsradio WTAM 1100 that the pace of restoration seems to be slow, but he understands because food safety is involved.
The health department has also ordered a general clean up of the stands not affected by the blaze.
Firefighters were called to the market about 2:20 a.m. Wednesday. There was no structural damage but extensive smoke damage to the market, which is a popular attraction for city visitors.
Food throughout the market must be inspected for health and quality assurance before it can reopen.
Dairy vendor Diane Dever has been at the West Side Market for about 40 years, and says she can't remember a time when it was closed for any extended period.
No one was hurt in the fire. The cause was not immediately known.
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