After the Frisco fire |

After the Frisco fire

Lu Snyder

Information Box: Where they are now:

Dr. Tamara Boyd, Alternative Health Care of Frisco

WHERE: Frisco Chiropractic, 101 Forest Drive, Suite M, Frisco

To reach her, call (970) 390-6242

Bristlecone Home Care and Hospice

WHERE: Summit Daily News, 40 West Main Street, Frisco

To reach them, call (970) 668-5604

FRISCO – A little more than a week after a fire forced the closure of several Frisco businesses, some are preparing to reopen while others have sought refuge elsewhere.

“I was basically the chimney for the fire,” said Scott Krause, owner of Colorado Special Tees, who said the smoke from the neighboring fire poured into his store, causing smoke damage to merchandise as well as the interior of the store itself.

On Jan. 11, approximately 30 firefighters from Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue and the Red, White and Blue Fire Department spent part of their morning fighting a fire at 418 Main Street. The fire, caused by the apparently improper wiring of an outlet in the offices of Alternative Health Center of Frisco, was extinguished a short while later. The smoke damage forced five of the neighboring businesses to close.

Krause seemed to be in good spirits despite the damage and work lost. After 12 years of business in that location, he called the fire “a cleansing experience” and was taking the opportunity to add new color to the walls of his store. Krause said he hopes to reopen Wednesday or Thursday with an “after the fire casual-tee sale.”

Stephanie van de Wiel, owner of Chanisarium Designs Studios, said she also hopes to open later this week.

“I’ve already lost two weekends, which is pretty significant to us,” she said.

Van de Wiel said that while the smoke damage was not extensive enough to require repainting, it did necessitate a thorough cleaning of the store and the replacement of some retail items.

“My computer system will need to be replaced,” she said.

And while the retail businesses work toward reopening, Alternative Health Center of Frisco and Bristlecone Home Care and Hospice have taken their business elsewhere as the fire damage is assessed.

“Pretty much everything was lost,” said Tamara Boyd of Alternative Health Care of Frisco. The only thing she was able to salvage, Boyd said, were disks with billing information.

Boyd’s offices were destroyed in the fire, and she is temporarily taking patients down the street at Frisco Chiropractic. As far as when she might return to her own quarters, Boyd is unable to say.

“Everything is uncertain,” she said.

Boyd’s southern neighbors, Bristlecone Home Care and Hospice, also have found a temporary home. They currently are working out of some spare desks at the Summit Daily News offices and will do so until they are able to locate a new home for their offices.

As with Boyd, there is much uncertainty regarding what will happen and when. What they do know is they will not be returning to the offices destroyed by the fire.

“I think the big concern is the timely ability to restore our unit to be environmentally friendly,” said Bristlecone administrator Marsha DiRienzo, who voiced concerns over the potential health effects of the harsh chemical agents required to clean up after the fire.

The Bristlecone offices were the victim of heavy smoke and heat damage. And while that initially was a relief to staff, DiRienzo said, the reality was that they lost almost everything, including computers worth $10,000 they just purchased a month ago.

All of the medical files were saved, DiRienzo said. “They stink but .”

And despite the new desks, a temporary home and other hurdles, business is as usual with Bristlecone. In the meantime, the staff is busy looking for new office space – in Frisco, they hope – and waiting to hear from their insurance company.

“We do have insurance, thank God,” DiRienzo said. “But we don’t know if they’ll cover everything.”

They still are waiting for a damage estimate, said Bristlecone director of operations, Shelly Michell.

The Summit Daily was unable to reach the owners of Blue River Pottery Studio Gallery and Snowboard Addict, the other Main Street businesses closed since the fire.

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