Business Owners Return To See Damage Caused By Massive Millcreek Fire

Jun 21, 2021, 6:21 PM | Updated: Jun 22, 2021, 11:46 am

MILLCREEK, Utah — It has been an emotional and long-anticipated day for some Millcreek business owners devastated by a massive fire that ripped through the strip mall.

For the first time, owners got to go inside their business to retrieve critical items.

“I have several hundred thousand dollars in inventory and my life in there,” said an emotional Glade Baldwin, who owns Hyland Pharmacy.

Just after 5 p.m. Wednesday, flames shot dozens of feet into the air while many of the workers were still inside. The fire started in the construction area behind the strip mall, where apartments and retail space were being built.

Baldwin said it was painful to watch his business go up in flames.

Massive Millcreek Construction Site Fire Causes Millions In Damages

“I’m 67 years old,” he said. “I don’t know if I have the strength and energy to be able to reestablish again. I love my customers.”

Baldwin is one of 11 business owners, including the strip mall owner’s business, that occupies the Millcreek strip mall, located near 1300 East and 3200 South.

The owners were finally able to assess the damage Monday. They also were given about 10 to 15 minutes to grab essential items.

“Bare essentials, only emergency things they are approved to take,” said Maquette Sorenson, who owns the strip mall. “We don’t know what we are going to find. We don’t know what we are going to see inside.”

“It’s not good. There is a lot of water damage. It’s black everywhere,” said Rachel Rees, who owns Cookie Cutters — a haircut place for children.

“It was speechless for me. When I got in there, everything was completely burned — from pedicure chairs to manicure tables, everything was completely destroyed,” said Hai Tran, owner of Luxury Nails, who grabbed some documents, cash and a cell phone.

Next door at Jung’s Alterations, piles and piles of wedding dresses had to be rescued.

“More and more customers kept coming. ‘I need my wedding dress. I need this dress.’ So they told us, ‘Take your time, get all the wedding dresses,'” said Sorenson.

“Grabbed all of their scissors, clippers — things that are necessary to try to continue to work,” said Kami Flinders, who owns Amari Salon and Spa.

Flinders was there the day the fire erupted and saw the building next door in flames just a few feet away.

“It went from big to huge really fast,” she said. “It’s hard. It’s hard to, sorry (I) get emotional, have everything turned upside down just so quickly.”

The business owners have no idea when they’ll be able to get back to work, or where they’ll go in the meantime.

They said to see their shops so damaged is devastating.

“It’s very sad for me to look at everything we have done for this place,” said Tran. “We put heart and soul into the business, and to see it destroyed in a matter of two hours.”

But many are still trying to stay positive, even in the wake of tragedy.

“On the long term, we don’t know what will happen. We’re just resilient, we’re creative and we plan to make it,” said Tran.

Rees said she feels lucky everyone made it out alive.

“We are all okay, we made it out okay. All of our clients have been super compassionate,” she said.

The challenge to rebuild is not going to be an easy one.

“They were barely hanging on during the pandemic, and they were just now standing on their own. They really believed the future was going to open up for them. Business was improving, and now, this hit,” said Sorenson.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

A GoFundMe account* has been created to help business owners get back on their feet.

*KSL-TV does not assure that the money deposited to the account will be applied for the benefit of the persons named as beneficiaries. If you are considering a deposit to the account, you should consult your own advisors and otherwise proceed at your own risk.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Local News

Salt Lake city Fire at the vacant home. (KSL-TV)...
Michael Houck

Firefighters extinguish fire at vacant Salt Lake City house

First responders took down a fire at a vacant and boarded-up house Sunday evening. 
1 day ago
Trent Anderson and his 27-year-old horse, Duncan during the parade before the car hit them....
Shelby Lofton

EXCLUSIVE: Car crashes through barricades, hits horse and rider during Christmas parade

A man and his horse are recovering after being hit by an alleged DUI driver during a Spanish Fork Christmas Parade Saturday night.
1 day ago
A trailer rollover blocks two left lanes of I-15. (Utah Department of Transportation)...
Michael Houck

Trailer rollover blocks portion of I-15, suspect in police custody

A person is in custody after attempting to flee the scene of a car crash involving a trailer Saturday afternoon, police say.
1 day ago
Massive blue ice sculptures with a starry sky....
Brooke Williams

Ice castles are constructed by hand one icicle at a time

Cold temperatures means construction on the Ice Castles at Soldier Hollow Nordic Center has officially begun, and it's coming together one icicle at a time.
1 day ago
Customers looking around for trees to purchase. (KSL-TV)...
Erin Cox

Utah farmers say real Christmas trees prices continue to rise

Utahns looking for a real Christmas tree may notice a few extra dollars to the price tag compared to past years.
2 days ago
West Valley City police at the scene of the crash on  3100 S 3200 W. (KSL-TV0...
Michael Houck

Three car crash closes road in West Valley City

A person was sent to the hospital in serious condition after a three-car crash on Saturday, according to West Valley Police.
2 days ago

Sponsored Articles

house with for rent sign posted...
Chase Harrington, president and COO of Entrata

Top 5 reasons you may want to consider apartment life over owning a home

There are many benefits of renting that can be overshadowed by the allure of buying a home. Here are five reasons why renting might be right for you.
Festive kitchen in Christmas decorations. Christmas dining room....
Lighting Design

6 Holiday Decor Trends to Try in 2022

We've rounded out the top 6 holiday decor trends for 2022 so you can be ahead of the game before you start shopping. 
Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to choose what MBA program is right for you: Take this quiz before you apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
Diverse Group of Energetic Professionals Team Meeting in Modern Office: Brainstorming IT Programmer...
Les Olson

Don’t let a ransomware attack get you down | Protect your workplace today with cyber insurance

Business owners and operators should be on guard to protect their workplace. Cyber insurance can protect you from online attacks.
Hand turning a thermostat knob to increase savings by decreasing energy consumption. Composite imag...
Lighting Design

5 Lighting Tips to Save Energy and Money in Your Home

Advances in lighting technology make it easier to use smart features to cut costs. Read for tips to save energy by using different lighting strategies in your home.
Portrait of smiling practitioner with multi-ethnic senior people...
Summit Vista

How retirement communities help with healthy aging

There are many benefits that retirement communities contribute to healthy aging. Learn more about how it can enhance your life, or the life of your loved ones.
Business Owners Return To See Damage Caused By Massive Millcreek Fire