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Crews clean up debris from Fortuna 5-alarm fire

FORTUNA- The city of Fortuna is beginning to pick up the pieces after a massive fire destroyed five main street businesses.

"People just really stayed right there until the end," Mayor Pro-Tem Tami Trent said. "I was down there again late last night and there was still people down there. You could tell they were exhausted but you know, never gave up on anything, stayed right there until the end. Um, just everybody should be just very happy that we live in the community that we live in. That everybody pulls together like this. We are so lucky to have that here."

The buzz of street cleaners and dump trucks filled the air on Fortuna's Main Street Thursday. The road was closed off to traffic for the majority of the day as crews worked to clean up what remains. Fire crews and community volunteers worked from 4 a.m. Wednesday until after 7 p.m. to extinguish the fire. Thursday, they arrived at 7 a.m. to begin the clean up and investigation process. The exact cause is still unknown but early reports suggest it started near an electrical panel. The building is completely destroyed. No one was injured.

"You know the important thing here is to get the business that are on Main Street open and working and getting the community back to what it was doing," Fortuna Fire Chief Lon Winburn said. "For now, fire suppression is done and the rest of the building whether it gets demolished or rebuilt, that's up to the insurance companies and the property owner. So at this point, it's planning time for that process."

Main Street re-opened Thursday afternoon. Parking or walking near the building is not permitted for safety reasons.