MADERA, Calif. — A large fire destroyed a mini-mall in Madera. It happened just after three this afternoon at the building on E and Yosemite Streets on the downtown strip.
Fire crews from all over the valley responded, to stop it from spreading.
“The flames kept going higher and higher and after that the building collapsed,” said Jorge Oozoo, witness.
Witnesses said the flames were so high they could see it from miles away.
“You can see the smoke all the way to 99,” said Jorge.
FIre crews said the building had no sprinkler system and it was built in the 1800’s.
“This is a little bit raw for us right now,” said Susan Savage, building owner.
Susan savage owns the building and says it has it has been in her family for generations.
“It is a historic building the history is just phenomenal , it is just heartbreaking to see it like this,” said Savage.
The mayor of Madera said the loss of this building and the several small businesses inside is a big hit to the city’s economy.
“We are going to lose jobs we are going to lose businesses it’s not what we are about these are the livelihoods here in Madera,” said Andy Medellin, Mayor of Madera.
Now Savage says she is prepared for the long road ahead to rebuild but first she is focused on her tenants.
“We are heartbroken for them I don’t know where they are going to go now,” said Savage.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.