Cleanup Deadline for Business Loop Strip Mall

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COLUMBIA - Monday is the deadline for the building owner of the Business Loop strip mall to clean up the fire scene.

A fire a month ago destroyed the strip mall on business loop. Shane Creech, Columbia's building and site development manager, said the city had sent a letter after the fire to notify the owner to clean up before May 21. The city sent an inspector to check up the scene Monday morning.

Creech said he has not yet received a report from the inspector, but he doesn't think the cleanup is completed. In this case, the city will discuss with the owner about the extended deadline in this particular fire case.

Creech said safety and environment issues require attention. Because the fire was from an O'Reilly Auto Part store, the inspector will make sure no oil remains.

The owner of the building, Mark Stevenson, said the first delay was because of an insurance investigation. Now he is waiting for a demolition permit from the government.

However, Creech said the owner does not need a permit.

Stevenson did not want to tell KOMU more details, but he said his company will conduct a market study and economic analysis to decide rebuilding plans.

Officials with the Columbia Fire Department said they hadn't yet determined the cause of the fire.