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Published January 13, 2014, 09:34 PM

Life gets back to normal for several downtown businesses and apartments impacted by weekend fire

Life is getting back to normal for downtown Grand Forks business owners and apartment residents forced out of their units over the weekend because of a fire.

By: Michael Yoshida, WDAZ

Life is getting back to normal for downtown Grand Forks business owners and apartment residents forced out of their units over the weekend because of a fire.

Monday, electrical and building crews in Grand Forks were working to restore power and heat to the building on Demers Avenue. 9 people and several businesses were affected by this weekend's fire, including Bonzer's and Guiseppes Italian Restaurant. Damage around the building's boiler room caused a loss of heat and power for several of the restaurants and units.

The building's businesses and apartments had been closed and vacant since the fire occurred Saturday afternoon, residents were relocated by their property manager to nearby properties or stayed with friends.

Monday, fire department officials, building and health inspectors examined the damage, health officials cleared the restaurants to be reopened at the discretion of their owners. Temporary power and heat has been restored. Leaving business owners eager to reopen.

Bonzer's Sandwich Pub Owner Jon Bonzer said,"Very relieved, very excited. I'm most excited for my employees cause I want to get them back on the job. They have financial responsibilities that they need to fulfill and very excited to see customers again."

Bonzer's just reopened Monday at 5:00 pm. No word yet on when the other businesses will reopen. It's expected that possibly by the end of the week the apartments will be suitable for residents.

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