Rubble from fire still not cleared after a month

Created: 01/27/2014 6:26 PM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4

It's been a little more than a month since a massive fire destroyed a downtown Albuquerque dance studio.

Viewers have sent KOB Eyewitness News 4 emails wondering what the latest is on the investigation and now local business owners are asking questions.

Gold Avenue has the charm and character every downtown neighborhood needs. But some would say that charm is diminishing. "It certainly has not helped business just because the way it looks," said Claus Hjortkjaer, owner of Le Cafe Miche. 

Hjortkjaer is talking about what used to be the National Institute of Flamenco. "Tourist wise, they take a look at it and they go well it does not look good in a neighborhood to be honest with you. It's sort of consumed by the rubble," added Hjortkjaer.

It's pretty much looked the same since a massive fire destroyed the building in December. 

Albuquerque Fire said they're still investigating the fire so that rubble will have to stay for now. 

KOB told Hjortkjaer and even though it's really nothing new, at least it's something he can tell his customers. "Whatever goes in there, I think it'll be great. As long as it's a business that enhances our downtown atmosphere," added Hjortkjaer. 

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