Firefighters help bakery owners move forward after fire

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE)- It’s not often you see someone showing signs of relief after a fire destroys their business, but a couple of women got some good news after flames devoured their bakery Monday morning.

It took crews six hours to put out the massive strip mall fire but firefighters were able to put the owners of The Cake Boutique back in business.

Owners Birdie Mathis and Monica Das say it’s a wake-up call no one ever wants to get.

“Melissa’s Jazzercise instruction is right there, so when the instructor went in to teach at 5 a.m. she called and said you need to get over here,” said Mathis.

Mathis and Das arrived to find the strip mall engulfed in flames, including their beloved bakery business. This happened in the middle of their busiest time of the year, wedding season.

Mathis said, “I mean, I feel sorry for everybody but these are like wedding cakes, things that people are not gonna get back.”

They say upon hearing the news of the fire, other bakeries rushed to offer up their kitchens and equipment for them to use, but to keep working, they needed two very important binders, containing every order they’ve taken through next year. They asked firefighters to retrieve them and just a few minutes later, officials carried them out.

“That’s all we wanted. This is our biggest stress right here,” said Mathis and Das.

With the documents in hand, the women say they’re ready to try and get their business back on its feet, one cake at a time.

“We’re gonna, of course, hate missing our business, but that was stuff, we’re talking about the happiest days of people’s lives, just right here in these books and we were able to get that back”, said Mathis.

Das said, “You don’t imagine stuff like this but you stick together, you know, you work through it, can only go up from here.”

The women say their next order, a wedding cake, is due this weekend. Thanks to firefighters, they have hope that they will be able to get it done.

The fire also destroyed an accountant’s office and a popular restaurant, Sushi Xuan. That’s where investigators believe the fire started but the cause is still under investigation.

Two firefighters suffered minor injuries.

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