It’s TRUE: There was a fire directly above our store, TREASURE CHEST COLLECTIBLES, at 1026 7th Avenue, Marion. The Marion Maidrite had some smoke smell but no damage. Our store had some very minor damage and in our back storage room. Fact is, the Maid-rite and our store share a common rear entrance. The Maidrite then has a door to their business. We have a door to our backroom and another door to the store from inside the storage portion of our store.
The cause of the FIRE remains under investigation. But the fire cause…we heard via another biz electrical…fire chief on scene…not deb but chief in charge on scene, when working in back of my store about an hour plus in….reported at that time they were continuing to investigate the cause so I’m not sure of the cause only that a door was on fire and embers mentioned. In fact when we asked again later…we were advised they weren’t sure yet.
We Treasure Chest share a back entrance with the Maidrite, a small room…then from there they have a door to their business and we have one to our business back room and in floor basement entrance and another door to our business to block it off from public if u will. The firemen physically came into our business door to store room portion of the store. The fire chief on the situation advised us that the door that started the fire was directly above a troubled spot we knew of prior to the fire, in our back room north wall. The fireman shared information with us about the concerns due to the buildings age re…embers and concern fell to voids and with all of them in this old structure..he wasn’t anxious to just leave. His department exceeded our expectations in their genuine care shown towards ensuring the buildings were safe and as little belongings damaged as possible.
Truth is, the Maidrite smelled the fire first..and reported to my husband they called it in to 911…our landlord reported one of the tenants upstairs called so I’m unsure of facts re whom called. It was our opinion the Maidrite probably smelled it first because my husband was working at the front of the store…treasure chest..while Maidrite serves customers closer to their back door.and they have one door between them and business and we have two and both doors were shut….these are the doors after entering the shared back entrance..When my husband smelled fire or smoke and went to check, he was met by a fireman on the step at back at same time. So that clarified the real ness of the smell. Also the Maidrite had stronger smoke smell even when we left about 7 pm…or after….didn’t check my watch.
I don’t think the maid rite lost anything..when we were talking with them they were telling us what they saw the firemen hauling out of our store……they defined trash…..we clarified they were describing our foam, peanuts….and truth is, we lost all our shipping and packing supplies from the water damage. Minimal damage although we had just bought a couple of hundred dollars worth of new shipping supplies so that’s a bummer yet insignificant to what could have occurred. The fire department did knock dry wall to an already water damaged and needing repaired back room ceiling inside our stores back north wall along with water saturating it. That’s the damage. And I know that Terri and Nicole, Maidrite owners, were very happy as they were most concerned about their family history and photographs displayed throughout their store. Perhaps photographs can become displayed copies to ensure their permanent history? Those photos would be a loss to the community and the atmosphere created that only can be found at this one and only Maidrite of its kind…we know it as the Marion maidrite.
My husband Bryan Dolezal, was there the whole time….I came from picking one of children up from an event….I left and took our kids home as I recognized a return to see damage and get s report , and came back. The Maidrite owners, their mom, a couple of their friends, my husband, and I remained until the fire department gave the all clear. Our landlord came and went, per my understanding. We will clean up the minimal damage to our back room today, as we were slated to be open Sunday’s again today thru At least the end of May….busier season of our business type.
Our landlord has reported to us on numerous occasions that he will be fixing the entire back area of the building housing the Maid-Rite, Treasure Chest, and Schmitty’s and the apartments above stated, including the rear entrances of the Maid rite and our Store soon anyway. While there is an art grant in Marion which involves fixing up the alleyways in the backside of our stores, our landlord reports he will be fixing the buildings including the shared rear entrance, as the business owner not building owner, we are unsure if this fire damage speeds up the building owners’ timeline of repairs and structural issues needing addressed on these over 150 year old buildings OR NOT.