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Great Wall fire causes extensive interior damage to Gingers

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Two months after a fire destroys The Great Wall, the scene of rubble and ash remain untouched.

Crews say the fire started near the stove and then quickly spread to the building's roof back in April. No one was hurt but it destroyed the restaurant and heavily damaged nearby businesses, like Gingers.

We got an inside look today, the ceiling is falling apart and mold is forming on the floor. You can't just paint or build over the damage.

The owner, Kyle Dehmlow,  says the timeline to re-open is out of his hands right now. He's waiting to hear back multiple insurance companies who just came out to check out the damage last week, almost two months after the fire started.

Gingers is closed until the Health Department clears it, declaring it safe to re-enter.

People on College Hill say they didn't realize just how extensive the damage is inside the building. The outside appears just fine. Dehmlow says he believes the hold-up from removing what's left of Great Wall is coming from the insurance companies.

Though both scenes are pretty devastating, Dehmlow says he's looking forward to the future and remains hopeful about re-construction.

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