ABOUT 15 tenants of Chester Enterprise Centre have been allowed back into the building to see if anything survived the blaze.
The businesses were based in block W, which was protected from the fire on the outside of the ground floor.
About 30 businesses have relocated to permanent or temporary accommodation after the fire ripped through the building in Lightfoot Street, Hoole, on Thursday, December 2.
The building was home to about 50 businesses in total – two of those business owners have now decided to cease trading.
Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service fire investigators say while they have not been able to establish the precise cause of the fire at the Chester Enterprise Centre, all the evidence indicates that the cause was accidental.
Investigators have carried out extensive inquiries including using a specially trained fire investigation dog, reviewing witness statements and a thorough examination of the area where the fire started.
No decisions have yet been made on the future of the site.
Helen Conway, of Bodywork-Pilates, was allowed back into Chester Enterprise Centre for 15 minutes to see what was left of her business.
She said: “Our part of the building had actually been quite protected. It hadn’t been touched by the fire but was heat, smoke and water-damaged.”
Helen said she managed to find a couple of her laptops which, once dried out, she was able to retrieve data from. She said she is now having to wait and see whether the pilates equipment that has survived will be useable after it has dried out.
She said: “The problem is much of my equipment is wooden, so we are going to have to dry it out and see how damaged it is.
“In reality what is left is better than we hoped for.”
Helen hopes to have about 22 pilates classes up and running in venues across Chester in January and is encouraging people to go to her website to find out more.
Tracey Thomas of thisladyloves.com, who was based on the concourse at Chester Enterprise Centre, has opened her new office at Chester University. She said one of the main issues she faced was collecting her post.
She said: “This week the council were able to negotiate for us a deal with the post office so we could collect the mail. Hopefully this will last until we can redirect the post. Yesterday was the first time we were able to collect our post since the fire.”
Cheshire West and Chester Council spokesman Ian Callister said: “We now have 30 businesses up and running in some form or another.
“Due to the fire two businesses have stopped trading. This would have been their decision not to continue. We will continue to help the others.”