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Marywilska 44. Fire. What's next? Insurance policy. Tenants' comments Marzena Orzechowska, Łukasz Miłkiewicz

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We have no support at this time. Today there was a meeting at the Warsaw City Hall, we weren't even allowed in, says Marzena Orzechowska, the injured tenant from Marywilska 44, in an interview with the business editorial team of tvn24.pl. She also talks about how hard she feels about the whole event. – I actually didn't get out of bed. I got flowers and chocolate from the children. Yesterday I just got up and wrote to everyone that we are working. I have to stand guard and support my mother, with whom we have been trading for 28 years, he emphasizes.

As a result of a huge fire in the market hall at Marywilska 44 in Warsaw, which broke out on Sunday morning, thousands of people lost their jobs and belongings. The voivode and the city declare their willingness to help, and the center's management to rebuild it.

Fire at the Marywilska 44 shopping centerPAP/Leszek Szymański

– Everything went up in smoke, we have no support at the moment. Today there was a meeting in the Warsaw City Hall, we weren't even allowed in, we were left to our own devices – comments Marzena Orzechowska, the injured tenant from Marywilska 44, in an interview with the business editorial office of tvn24.pl.

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Łukasz Miłkiewicz, one of the tenants of the burned shopping center, was also in the town hall. – The meeting ended, the president of Marywilska 44, Małgorzata Konarska, left it in good mental condition, smiling, and we were not even listened to. We are afraid that the two sides will reach an agreement and we will be left without help – he reports.

Meeting with the management of Marywilska 44 at the town hall

About this meeting wrote the mayor of Warsaw on his social media Rafał Trzaskowski.

“Together with the voivode @M_Frankowski, we met with the authorities of the company that owned the hall at ul. Marywilska. We received confirmation that the company is determined to rebuild the hall as soon as possible. We are also looking for solutions that would save as many jobs as possible here and now “- we read.

“I am glad that in this difficult situation, all parties are acting responsibly and looking for real solutions together,” wrote the mayor of Warsaw.

– We were not invited to look for common solutions in this discussion – says Marzena Orzechowska. He emphasizes that, along with other merchants, they want to have “control over the entire process and feel safe.”

– We also want to say that the goods lost in the fire are not everything. These are payments in the amount of PLN 61,000, so-called reservation payments to the company Marywilska 44. In addition, deposits amount to approximately PLN 27,000. Some people who have just bought these stands have not even started making money – he points out.

In addition, tenants are waiting for money from the insurance policy of the company that managed the burned facility. – Each merchant gives a statement to the police and we receive the status of victims. Apparently the fire sensors did not work, but that will be assessed by experts – Marzena Orzechowska tells us.

Cash in safes and locked cabinets

He also emphasizes that as a result of the fire, primarily “the cash went up in smoke.” – People at their stands lost a lot of cash, which they kept in safes or locked cabinets – he says.

– Sometimes the goods were bought and picked up, so we left the money there. Please believe me, a lot of people did this. This week I had my daughter's communion. My friend replaced me on Saturday and left the proceeds where they were. At other stands there were letterheads, contracts, laptops – he lists.

She recalls that she found out about the fire after 4 a.m. on Sunday. – Until yesterday I was a wreck. In fact, I hardly got out of bed. I got flowers and chocolate from the children. Yesterday I just got up and wrote to everyone that we are working. I have to stand guard and support my mother, with whom we have been trading for 28 years. Earlier, in jaws in front of the Palace of Culture, we stood with glasses. Then in KDT (Kupieckie Domy Towarowe – editor's note) from where we were forcibly thrown out. Then in two places on Marywilska – says Marzena Orzechowska in an interview with tvn24.pl.

More information: “They could only scream and cry.” Vietnamese media about the fire at the Marywilska 44 market hall

Shopping halls will be rebuilt

“The Company's Management Board has decided to rebuild the shopping halls of the MARYWILSKA 44 Shopping Center,” Mirbud previously announced in a statement.

The company also informed that all circumstances of the incident are being investigated by the relevant authorities. The results of the proceedings, as well as the estimated impact of the event on the financial results of the Mirbud capital group, will be announced in subsequent reports.

Mirbud also announced that the assets of Marywilska 44 are insured.

The largest wholesale trade center

Marywilska 44 was the largest shopping center in Warsaw that specialized in wholesale and retail trade. The owner of the hall is the listed company Mirbud, which was joined in 2010 by a subsidiary of JHM Development – Marywilska 44.

The facility included over 1,400 shops and service points. Merchants from Marywilska previously demanded a reduction in the rent for commercial stalls. There were even protests over this issue. In March, talks between people trading in the Marywilska 44 complex and the management board of the company renting the boxes to them and a representative of the town hall began at the capital city hall.

Read more: Merchants from Marywilska after talks at the town hall

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Main photo source: PAP/Leszek Szymański



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