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Repair work starts at fire-damaged building

Repair work: Michael Branco, left, and Michael Freisenbruch, directors of Innovation Ltd, the owners of Innovation House in Reid Street

Repair work at a Reid Street office block damaged as a result of the July fire that gutted a building on Front Street has begun.

Tenants at Innovation house were “back up and running immediately after the Front Street fire in July, according to owners of Innovation Ltd, Michael Branco and Michael Freisenbruch.

After the demolition of the gutted Front Street building, the owners were able to removed damaged equipment, furniture and debris.

Water damage and moisture was found in the sub-basement and some mould was found in the same area.

Contractors are on-site to remove the mould, carry out treatment and repair the area.

Mr Freisenbruch, president of the Freisenbruch-Meyer insurance group, said: “We’ve done our utmost to make sure our tenants were able to continue operating as soon as possible after the fire in July.”

Tenant Kristen Carreiro, owner of boutique Modblu, added: “The landlords have been really awesome. Right after the fire they had cleaning and construction crews on site.

“That meant I was able to spend my time that evening assessing any damage to my store, which thankfully was pretty minimal.”