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In this 2017 photo, La Morenita Market manager Jerry Curiel cuts informational flyers for distribution at a rally and march in support of “Day Without Immigrants.”

After two long days of deep cleaning and repairs following Tuesday morning's fire, La Morenita Market at 2434 Jefferson St. reopened Thursday morning.

Jerry Miguel Curiel, the market's vice president, said the county health department gave the market the green light early Thursday, allowing the store to reopen.

A fire in a produce display was reported to the Napa Fire Department around 4:30 a.m. Tuesday. The store filled with smoke and the equipment was burning, Napa Fire reported.

Curiel said the incident likely cost him over $100,000 in damages, lost business and recovery expenses. 

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On Thursday, a portion of the store remained partitioned off for additional cleaning, he said.

Curiel said he was deeply appreciative of his employees and supporters who worked hard to get the market reopened.

"It takes a village to keep a business open," he said.


City Editor

Kevin has been city editor since September 2010. He joined the Register in 1973 as a reporter. He covered Napa City Hall and assorted other beats over the years. Kevin has been writing his Napa Journal column on Sundays since 1989.