SUGARCREEK, Ohio — Following a massive fire that destroyed a portion of the cherished Walnut Creek Amish Flea Market in August 2019, its owners say rebuilding and restoration efforts are going strong, according to a Facebook post from the business.
The opening date of the newer and bigger market depends on the weather.
After the fire broke out on Aug. 21, 2019, cleanup efforts started almost immediately with the removal of debris left from the fire that destroyed the middle portion of the 50,000-square-foot building. Twenty fire departments from five different counties responded to the massive 4-alarm fire in the early morning hours.
In November, reconstruction began on the red building.
The market, which opened more than a decade ago, showcased about 50 vendors selling everything from furniture to crafts and baked goods.
For vendors, the fire was a devastating blow to their livelihoods. At the time of the fire, Melissa Haarman, who had been a vendor at the flea market for about a month, said she was devastated.
"That’s our livelihood. That's where I came in every week. I met a lot of great people. I became close with a lot of good people here. I am wondering what we do next," she said.
The owners said they do not have an official opening date yet.