Photo courtesy Bill Meister
(September 14, 2012. Brawley) Superior Furniture suffered a complete fire loss that began about 5:00 a.m. Friday morning.
Mary Miller, owner of Superior Furniture, watched as the firefighters knocked down the flames.Â â€œI hoped that at least the blackboard would be saved so I could use it to thank all of the firefighters,â€ said Miller. â€œIâ€™m just hoping everything in my safe survives the fire and all of the water. I have all of my important papers in it.â€
Superior Furniture has been a downtown Brawley landmark since 1950.
To the north of Superior furniture, Valley Eye Care suffered major damage and the two businesses to the east sustained damage as well.
â€œIâ€™ve been in that building for about 30 years,â€ said Dr. George Ching, MD, owner of Valley Eye Care. â€œI donâ€™t even want to go in to see the damage.â€
City Council Member Miguel Miranda said, “IÂ remember my parents buying meÂ a bicycle from Superior Furniture in 1968. They have always been veryÂ fair with Brawley residents, helping young familiesÂ furnish their homes over the years.”Â
Monica Kenagy, Millerâ€™s daughter, said â€œWeâ€™ll just pick up the pieces and start over.â€
â€œAbout 5:00 a.m. a Brawley police officer spotted a power line behind the furniture store on fire,â€ said Chuck Peraza, Interim Brawley Fire Chief. â€œThe power pole was engulfed in flames and theÂ line fell onto the roof. Once the flames breached the roof, the building rapidly became totally involved.â€
The source of the fire is under investigation.
Main Street was closed to traffic downtown. Brawley Fire Department and Imperial County units all responded to the fire.
â€œItâ€™s a sad day for Brawley,â€ saidÂ Jake â€œChapoâ€ Valenzuela, retired fire chief at NAF.