There’s been an outpouring of support for the five businesses that have closed as a result of Monday’s fire in downtown Ballard.
Ballard Alliance initially set the GoFundMe goal at $25,000 when they launched the fundraiser on Monday evening. They quickly surpassed the initial ask, and have adjusted the goal to $65k.
“Due to the overwhelming community support – and as the extent of damage is being understood – we have increased our goal to $65,000,” the Alliance writes. As of Wednesday at 2pm, they’d hit $49,393 with over 400 donors.
La Isla has also launched their own fundraiser, with just over $1,000 raised since they launched it yesterday.
“We have been a part of the Ballard community for years, and have every intention of rebuilding as this is our home. To do this, we are asking for some help. As there’s always a gap between insurance and the actual cost of rebuilding, making every little bit of support help so very much,”La Isla writes on the fundraiser website.
Meanwhile, damage is still being assessed, as businesses figure out their next steps.
Kitchen N Things posted a message to their Facebook followers, expressing gratitude for the community support.
“It makes us so very happy to see that what we do is still being well received after almost 50 years in business! We’re still less than 24 hours into this mess, and so our next steps are TBD — but we wanted to share a great, big expression of gratitude toward everyone who has reached out to show that you care.”
David Coleman, co-owner of Octo Designs (formerly known as Coleman Jewelers), told Q13 that some of their inventory can be cleaned and refinished, but much of it will go straight in the bin.
Pho Big Bowl owner Duke Nguyen told the Seattle P-I that they had a restaurant full of diners when smoke began filtering in. When he realized what was happening next door, he told everyone to leave.
“The customers keep paying, I just thought that was so funny. You don’t have to pay, just run,” Nguyen told the PI.
He said he’ll aim to reopen, but has concerns about the structure of the building after the fire.
The sidewalk is currently blocked along the storefronts — there’s still a good amount of debris in front of the building. So far, the loss has been estimated at $3 million.