September 3, 2014

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West Side Market cleanup could take weeks

CLEVELAND — City officials say it could take weeks to clean up Cleveland’s historic West Side Market after it was damaged by fire this week.

The city gave outside produce vendors the OK to open today, but it wasn’t clear how many planned to do that. The inside of the 100-year-old market remains closed until further notice.

The Plain Dealer reports that the interior of the market will have to be cleaned “brick by brick,” and any food exposed to the smoky air of the early Wednesday fire will have to be destroyed.

Only two stands actually caught on fire from an apparent electrical problem, but soot spread throughout and blackened parts of the walls and ceiling.

Vendors were told that the city would start removing damaged food today.