The fire affected two buildings in the 400 block of S. Broadway. The blaze ravaged the more than 100-year-old Budeke's Paint store, which is adjacent to the Center's 430 S. Broadway address. The closure will remain in effect as crews removed debris from the building and make it safe for re-entry.
"This fire has been devastating for our staff and clients," said Val Twanmoh, the program director at the Esperanza Center. The removal of damaged walls, carpet and furniture could take months. "This fire has been devastating for our staff and clients, but we will overcome this challenge and continue to serve."
The Center will find alternative sites to provide services during the temporary clean up.