LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WWLP) – More than two months after a fire tore through several businesses in a Longmeadow shopping plaza, relief could be on the way.

The United States Small Business Administration is offering a Disaster Assistance Loan. Basically, it’s money that will go to the businesses affected by that November fire but they must apply. The government agency offers disaster assistance in the form of low interest loans to businesses affected by disasters. The organization also provides small businesses with money to help overcome economic injury.

Businesses affected by the fire will need to apply for a low-interest Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) from the U.S. Small Business Administration. A business recovery center will open at the Longmeadow Adult Center on Wednesday to help businesses apply. The center will be open:

  • Tuesday – Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 29 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • The center will close permanently on Thursday, February 3rd at 4:00 p.m.

“SBA’s mission-driven team stands ready to help Hampden County small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small aquaculture businesses, and private nonprofit organizations impacted by the Nov. 23 4-alarm fire in the town of Longmeadow,” said SBA Administrator Isabella Guzman. “We’re committed to providing federal disaster loans swiftly and efficiently, with a customer-centric approach to help businesses and communities recover and rebuild.”

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at
DisasterLoanAssistance.sba.gov/ela/s and should apply under SBA declaration #17325, not for the
COVID-19 incident.

The shopping center in Longmeadow has been closed since November 23, after a fire tore through five businesses, just days ahead of Thanksgiving. An investigation said the fire appeared to have begun in a shared attic space above the shopping center, where it quickly spread unnoticed. The investigation is ongoing but it’s said that the fire wasn’t suspicious or malicious.