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Camp Fire survivors open up shop at Thursday Night Market

The first Thursday Night Market of the year opened in Chico this week. Action News Now spoke with Camp Fire survivors who opened up shop.

Posted: Apr 4, 2019 11:16 PM
Updated: Apr 5, 2019 9:06 AM

CHICO, Calif. - The first Thursday Night Market of the year opened in Chico this week. Action News Now spoke with Camp Fire survivors who opened up shop.

The Thursday Night Market is back open again in Chico and for some vendors like Yony's Roasted Corn, this day is particularly special.

"We had to make sure we were ready for this day so we worked hard to put everything together and start again," said Crisanto Martinez, Co-Owner of Yony's Roasted Corn.

"Start again" are the operative words. Martinez lost his Paradise home and business in the Camp Fire.

"I used to have two plumbing trucks I had for two years. So many tools and everything got lost in the Camp Fire," Martinez said. 

The loss brought Martinez back to square one.

"You become homeless in a matter of hours with nothing to wear, nothing," Martinez said. 

Martinez called on friends and family for help and borrowed money to bring Yony's Roasted Corn back.

"To stay alive basically, that's what we have to do," Martinez said. 

Just on the other side of the street, Camp Fire survivor Samantha Zangrilli opened for business.

"We lost our home and our business, all the materials and equipment we used," Zangrilli said. 

Zangrilli said the fire prevented her from offering a wide array of products she usually has.

"It's not just the growing season, it's the making money season. If we start with a big bang, we can keep it rolling. We're limited with people just wanting eggs or herbs," Zangrilli said. 

She said her loss couldn't keep her away from rebuilding and keeping her business going.

"This thing, this one thing that I didn't see coming, that I didn't plan for is now going to determine my whole future? That's ridiculous, I just can't leave," Zangrilli said. 

The Thursday Night Market will be open every Thursday from 6 - 9 p.m. for the next six months. 

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