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Jun 6, 2014 10:36 PM by Lena Howland

Downtown Pueblo businesses reopen after fire

Signs of life for local businesses in downtown Pueblo are springing up after the massive fire this week.

Many businesses nearby are back open for business, only three days after the fire.

One restraunt next door to the fire, Enclade's, is offering a free meal to any firefighters, police, or EMT's until Saturday. They tell News 5 it's their way of saying thank you for saving their business.

"You know, it was our way of saying thank you for all of their hard work. If it wasn't for them, we wouldn't be here so that's my way of saying thanks, come on in and have a meal on the house," Lisa Enclade, owner of Enclade's A Taste of New Orleans said.

Other shops weren't so lucky like Office Systems Inc. 

Their office space was a total loss from the fire but they say they're already back open for business, operating out of the owner's house.

"Our business is more of a 'we come to you' type of business than a retail store where people come to us. So in a lot of ways, that's fortunate for us, that we're still able to send people out and go to the customer and provide the service," Lewis Runco, President of Office Systems Inc. said.

Seperated by only an alley way from the fire damage, Strands Hair Salon opened their doors again on Friday morning after clearing out the minor smoke damage.

"The restoration company was wonderful, they did an excellent job, I couldn't believe by the second day, I was amazed at how the smell was gone, it was just amazing to me."

The cause of the fire reamins under investigation. 

Firefighters say it appears Tuesday's fire started in the building's attic.

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