Cathedral City collects money, supplies for businesses wiped out by strip mall fire

Cathedral City is helping merchants wiped out by a fire last week. Flames ripped through Date Palm Plaza after closing time last Tuesday. The incident didn’t hurt anyone, but it damaged or destroyed eight businesses.

Fire officials believe the fire started in the La Michoacana restaurant and raced through an attic it shared with adjacent businesses. The fire and an explosion left more than 100 people out of work.

The affected businesses include a travel agency, a mobile phone store, and restaurants including a Domino’s Pizza. The cause is still under investigation.

Neighboring businesses are collecting food, toys and other provisions for burned-out merchants, employees and their families. U.S. Bank in Cathedral City is accepting monetary donations for the fire victims.

Cathedral City officials say they’ll also speed the inspection and plan approval process to help businesses rebuild. The city also plans to help affected merchants relocate in temporary locations while crews rebuild and repair their stores.

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