Marysville businesses concerned over hotel fire aftermath

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

Businesses outside of the “fall zone” are allowed to remain open, but traffic diversions and safety concerns have them worried for the future.

MARYSVILLE, Calif. — One week after a fire ripped through the historic Marysville Hotel, officials are still concerned it may collapse. The worry is now impacting nearby businesses within and beyond the 105-foot “fall zone.” 

While all businesses within that zone have been ordered to close for safety, some beyond the zone are allowed to remain open but have other concerns. 

Alexis, owner of My Baby And Me Boutique across the street, says she’s allowed to remain open but the traffic detours are costing her business. 

“It’s been really really stressful and I just hope something is done and quick,” she said. “(I’m) really nervous about my business because we do rely on the streets being open.” 

A block away from the fall zone, folks at The Trading Post question if they should stay since parts of the city are shut down. 

“Is it worth keeping the electricity on?” asked Peggy DeHaan, who works at the business.

She notices fewer kids looking at toys and fewer tourists passing through town — detours sending them in the opposite direction. 

“We probably have about a tenth of the traffic we normally have and we’ve been contemplating staying open for the next two weeks cause our sales are down. I think yesterday we did $5 in sales,” said DeHaan. 

She says regulars tell her they’re staying away because of the traffic. 

Other business owners are worried they won’t qualify for grants or aid from the state of emergency proclamation because they’re allowed to remain open. 

“If they’re going to offer something to help businesses it needs to be all businesses,” said DeHaan. 

ABC10 asked the city if they were looking into funding for these businesses and they told us they will be pursuing “every opportunity available” to possibly help. 

A demolition crew will arrive Monday and give the city a cost estimate and timeline of when work can begin to return things to normal. 

Marysville declares state of emergency after hotel fire

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Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.