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Business owner salvages items after Thursday night fire

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Just as snow began to fall Thursday night, first responders started battling a fire that destroyed four businesses.  

Claudia Chiodini owner of Creative Movement Company gets the go ahead from fire officials to return to her studio. But it is not to re-open, it's to salvage what is left.

Some shoes and a few decorations are the only items that survived the fire. Everything else is burned, melted, or destroyed by water damage.

 For Chiodini, owning her own studio has been her lifelong dream.  So she made it happen.  She found a location near CherryVale Mall, and set up shop.

"We just opened here in June, we just started our classes in September," she says.  

The fire started in one of the other businesses in the multi-unit building Thursday night. Firefighters spent several hours on the scene before declaring the building a total loss.

Without a place to practice,  Chiodini worries for her students. "Our competition team dances all summer and works to learn their dance routines so we can compete starting in February. And right now, we don't have a place to be because this was our home."

She wants to open a new studio as soon as possible.  "If I don't believe and I don't start it again, then what are they ever going to believe in?" says Chiodini.

 In the meantime, she hopes someone from the community will offer a space for them to dance in.  "Looking for a place even temporarily to just get on our feet just to be able to work on those dances and to give those kids hope that all their work and everything," says Chiodini. "It's not the building that makes you the dancer, it's the dancer that makes you the person that you are."


The studio's last dance class of the night was the night of the fire.  It ended around 6:45. A little more than an hour before the fire started. No one from any of the other businesses were injured either.

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