Businesses have reopened on Bolton Lane, St Michael two weeks after fire swept through the area.
When a Barbados TODAY team visited on Monday, some of the affected were rebuilding by setting up mini shops along the street where they were having clearance sales.
At Fifth Avenue Fashion, the store owner did not give his name but told us he was affected by smoke damage and had only moved in three days before the fire. He said he was having a clearance sale to free up space at his store.
“The sale is on. It is recessionary times, so we just put some things on clearance to prepare for the last quarter of the year and for Christmas,” he said, adding that his store is protected against fire.
“We always had our fire extinguishers and smoke detectors, fire alarms. There is only so much you can do as a preventative measure and we are thankful.”
The owner of the Bolton Lane, St Michael establishment said he has been assisting fire victims who were more significantly impacted.
Ann Springer, another nearby vendor said although the street was closed following the fire she was able to ply her trade opposite Cherish.
“I am happy that the street is opened and everyone is following freely,” she said.
Springer told Barbados TODAY the only problem vendors have are dust particles from the ashes of destroyed businesses places.
Vendor Leonard Allsopp sells socks at the entrance of Bolton Lane. He was happy with the community effort to clean the fire stricken area.
“ I am glad to see how the people come together and clean up the whole place keeping it sanitary and good,” Allsopp said, adding that he lost business due the street’s closure. He was unable to ply his trade on another street because of his prosthetic legs.
“I cannot get around from one place to the other place being the way I am. It was sad but I give God thanks and praise that the front of the building did not burn. Because if it did catch, half of that block on Swan Street would have been burnt. So God is good,” he said.
Scores of Barbadians traversed the area stopping to purchase at clearance sales. While the street was officially reopened on the October 22, some of the vendors said the buzz of activity on Monday made them feel normalcy had returned to Bolton Lane.