HADLEY, Mass. (WWLP) - It's been three days since a massive fire destroyed more than a dozen small businesses on Route 9 in Hadley, and the community is helping those who lost so much.
Business owners in Hadley spent much of the day trying to salvage what's left of their belongings. On Wednesday, Hadley firefighters combed through rubble looking for valuable items inside several small businesses.
Hai Cheng owned the International Food Market for two years; before Sunday's fire destroyed more than a quarter of a million dollars worth of food and equipment. Local business leaders are now seeking donations to help those who were hurt by the fire.
David Russell, general manager of the Franklin Community Co-Op, told 22News, “I'm hoping we can get these people back up and running faster than it would otherwise happen. A lot of their staff presumably live paycheck to paycheck and they are not going to get their next paycheck.”
“Hopefully that could help us kick-start a little bit,” said Hai Cheng. “It would be helpful because this is our livelihood, already gone. People used revenue, their income for their families; now they don't have anything.”
Cheng told 22News he had one year left before he finished paying off his small business loan.
Investigators won't say if they believe there is foul play involved in this incident.
They are asking for anyone who left laundry inside Hadley's Coin-Op Laundromat on Sunday night to contact the town's Fire Department.