As the displaced tenants and businesses of the fire on 29th Street pick up the pieces, Mission Local talked to residential and commercial tenants from the January 2015 fire at Mission and 22nd streets to see what advice they might have to offer on the aftermath of a fire.
Next door to the building destroyed by the 2015 fire, Los Shucos Latin Hotdogs was flooded out of business. The hot dog joint was forced to close down not once, but three times by firefighting efforts. Owner Sofia Keck agreed that insurance was difficult to deal with but had an ally in the city’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development. Her husband helped deal with the insurance.
“I can’t stress enough how important it is to have insurance but also how bothersome to deal with insurance can be,” Keck wrote. “If you are not happy with your adjuster don’t be afraid to ask for someone else. Document everything and contact them daily to know where your case is at.”
We are resilient, we are Los Shucos!…
“They say it takes around two years of being in business to build a sustainable business, and we have not yet been open for a whole consecutive year because of all the fires, so we knew we had to keep going,” wrote Keck. “The only way to get out of some things is to go through them, and the only way to move is forward.” http://missionlocal.org/2016/06/previously-displaced-share-lessons-learned-from-2015-fire/