FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- A Flagstaff grocery store that caught fire last week is now back in business.
On Monday, June 24, firefighters responded to the Bashas' store at the top of Humphreys Street, about a mile from downtown. The grocery store is in a strip mall with about 20 other businesses.
Capt. Mark Johnson with the Flagstaff Fire Department said the fire likely started on the roof and spread very quickly.
No one was hurt, thanks to the store team evacuating workers and customers in a calm manner. "Getting those folks out right away definitely headed off big problems," Johnson said.
Johnson said there was minor smoke damage to some of the adjoining businesses, but the majority of the damage was contained to the Bashas' store.
Since the fire, crews have been busy removing and taking inventory of damaged products, cleaning the shelves, painting and fixing plumbing issues. They also replaced an air conditioning unit, parts of the roof, and rebuilt the front entrance area.
The store has now passed Health Department, EPA, City of Flagstaff and landlord inspections, and officially reopened Tuesday.
After the holiday weekend, Bashas' staffers plan to hold a BBQ at the store to thank the firefighters who helped to save the store. A giant banner now hangs on the front of the store, reading"Thank you Flagstaff Fire Department."