SALT LAKE CITY — Some Salt Lake City businesses are shelling out thousands of dollars after a breaker box fire caused them to lose power for days.
Bhanyar Janumonya, who owns Sonjhae Asian Market at 1465 S. State St., said the breaker box fire sparked a loss of electricity for all units of the shopping center on March 12.
"In the morning, we have no power," Janumonya said. His and other businesses in the shopping center were without power for four days until they received a rental generator. In the meantime, his market remained closed.
It was "stressful because we don't have … power to run the business. And the customer, they come, and we cannot tell them what's going on," Janumonya recalled.
He said he has not yet calculated how much money he lost in food that went bad while the power was out, nor how much money he lost in business.
"Four days cost a lot of money," Janumonya said, adding that he feels frustrated "because we don't know how many days it's going to take (to fix). They don't actually know, talking to the owner and the manager, landlord, manager, they don't know how many days it's going to take."
He is paying to use a rental generator, which he says costs about $600 per week plus the cost of fuel.
He said the property's insurance company might pay for the food that was ruined.
Toshio Sekikawa, who owns Tosh's Ramen nearby, said "As soon as we opened (for) dinner, our power went out."
His business remained closed from Tuesday to Sunday. "Of course I'm frustrated," Sekikawa said.
"I (threw) away all the food in the restaurant. So Monday, all day, we got a power box. As soon as we got the power box, we had to start prepping, make soup, veggies, meat and all that. Then Tuesday morning, we opened," Sekikawa recalled.
He has also lost thousands of dollars in food and lost business. "It hurts us."Comment on this story
Sekikawa said he's heard from the property owner that repairs could take between three weeks and a month.
"But as long as we have a generator we can go on for a while, but not too long, I think," he explained.
Sekikawa and Janumonya both said the owner's insurance company has been in contact with them, but they are unsure to what extent the insurance company will compensate them.
Insurance agent Joe Callahan said the repairs could take some time as they need to be approved through the city, but they are working as quickly as possible.