Cleanup efforts underway at strip of businesses ravaged by massive fire

Cleanup efforts are underway after a shopping strip went up in flames overnight on Wednesday. Owners and employees of the businesses are now picking up the pieces.
Stores along West 231st Street are in ruins after a five-alarm fire swept through the area.  
A barbershop is among the stores that the fire destroyed. An employee told News 12 that the business did not have insurance, meaning they’ll have to salvage whatever they can when they get the chance.  
“Our equipment to work is good. We shouldn’t have to wait,” said one employee. “I don't understand the situation as to why they don't let us go inside to get our equipment." 
The FDNY says that “it would be life safety concerns due to the damage that occurred in the building" if they allowed them to retrieve the equipment. The Department of Buildings has issued a full vacate order on the structure as well, deeming the buildings unsafe.  
Many residents say the massive fire has left nearby residents disheartened at the absence of some of their favorite local businesses.  
“You don’t want to see catastrophes like this happening, especially close by,” said neighbor Manuel. “Close by to where you work, and especially close by to where you live.” 
The Bronx Borough President’s Office and Councilmember Jeffrey Dinowitz’s office say that Bronx residents can reach out to them if they need help with the situation.