Tragedy struck Cooks Flea Market in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on June 5th in the form of a fire. At approximately 3:30 p.m., a fire started in the building which was soon contained and cleared of all staff, vendors and guests. The market is currently still closed and doesn’t have a definitive date for when it will open, but they’re keeping their website and Facebook page updated regularly.
Luckily, Cooks Flea Market was closed during the time of the fire, though a few employees and vendors were on site, according to their website. Fire crews spent hours battling the fire and the building suffered extensive damage, which is still in the process of being restored.
In the market’s latest update on June 10th, they were able to grant access to a number of sellers for a limited time to inspect their booths. They are currently developing and implementing the restoration plan for aisles A-K which were less affected. Aisles L, M and N were the most affected by the fire and will take more time for an in-depth recovery plan.
The management’s restoration company has pulled remediation specialists from numerous states to work on the repair and cleanup, running crews 24 hours a day. Part of the restoration process involves reestablishing electricity, water, sewer and gas to the portion of the market that was less impacted.
The beauty of Cooks Flea Market is the family environment created by their buyers, sellers and employees. They ask for everyone’s thoughts and patience as they work hard to get the market up and running again. Cooks Flea says they hope to open its market doors again very soon.