ALMONT — It could be awhile before Connie Vettraino is able to reopen Buccilli's Pies & Cakes at its longtime downtown location.
The popular bakery at 129 North Main Street suffered extensive water and smoke damage Sunday, Aug. 16, when a fire began in an apartment above the business.
Although the building was only minimally affected by fire, damage from smoke and water damage was significant, said Vettraino. She noted that the effort to clean up and repair the building has been moving much too slowly.
"It's been a lot of phone calls and it's been frustrating," said Vettraino on Monday morning. "The ceiling is still half down, the floor is badly damaged and we need new wiring.
"The electricity is out and we're still padlocked," she said, "so we don't have any idea how long it will be before we'll be able to reopen."
Buccilli’s owners Connie and Gary Vettraino express thanks to firefighters for saving building. photo by Tom Wearing.
Vettraino said she was able to fill several pre-fire orders for cakes and pies for customers, thanks to the generosity of the First Congregational Church of Almont.
She said the church allowed her to use the kitchen to meet those orders, a gesture she greatly appreciated.
"We want to thank the church for the generosity and the (Almont Twp.) fire department for their efforts," she said.
For the time being, Buccilli's will not be taking any orders, said Vettraino. She hopes the building will be ready for occupancy again in the relatively near future.