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Several businesses in Victor damaged in the fire incident last month are working to rebuild, report



Victor, New York – As we already reported last month, several businesses in Victor were damaged in fire and they are now trying to rebuild.

According to the incident report, a fire incident in the early morning hours around 12:45 a.m. on February 23 at 23 East Main Street damaged several buildings. In addition to the fire, the buildings suffered smoke and water damage.

Ontario County Deputies and firefighters responded at the scene and they managed to put the fire under control in short period of time, but a huge damage was done to several units including Victor Yoga Studio and Bright Side Sweets Baker.

An electrical short was determined to be the cause of the fire, according to investigators. Luckily, no one was injured in the incident, but a huge damage was done.

Weeks later, business owners whose units were damaged are trying to rebuild, but are facing difficulties in the process of renovation.

“I went in [after the fire], and it was way worse than I thought,” Molly Wolfram, the owner of the yoga studio said.

She said that she run and operated her yoga studio for more than 13 years. While she is very sad about losing almost everything in the fire, she is also happy that no one was injured in the incident.

Molly is working to rebuild her studio once again. In the meantime, she is offering classes at both her friend’s Pilates studio and her boyfriend’s business space on Railroad Street. She thinks it will take months until she rebuilds her own studio and for the time being, she will offer classes at her friend and boyfriend’s spaces.

Kathy Rayburn, Director of Economic Development in Victor has been them rebuild. She says a fire is the last thing they needed, after two years of a pandemic.

“These businesses really just got their doors back open,” Rayburn said. “But I have to say, they’re all taking it in stride.”

Rayburn has been connecting some of them to spaces for the meantime, like Victor Music Experience.”

“Luckily, there’s a new owner of 72 West Main where Lovely Bride is, and there’s a barn in the back,” Rayburn said. “That owner reached out to me and said ‘I’d be happy to help, send her my way as far as using the barn.”

While some of the businesses can move to a temporary locations, others can’t. That is the case with the local gluten-free bakery Bright Side Sweets, who is unable to operate elsewhere due to cross contamination concerns, and a massive loss of supplies.

“I think they’re going to be the ones hardest hit,” Rayburn said. “They lost all their product and have to rebuild that.”

She says everyone is staying positive for the most part, and is thankful for insurance and safety.