‘… just sucks for everybody’: Iron Front residents moving out from fire-damaged homes

A few tables were scattered behind the Iron Front Hotel on Wednesday morning, sitting next to a handwritten sign pointing at them that said “Free.”

A charcoal grill, cradling a tinier grill, was chained to a post near the building. And on the other side of the sidewalk a large trash bin hugged the street.

And among all that was a hearty row of golden sunflowers, standing tall along a fence just east of the building.

Movers help people pack up Wednesday at the Iron Front Hotel building Wednesday.

Phil Drake, Independent Record

Residents continued to move out of the Iron Front Hotel that morning, some getting help with transitional housing while at least one other resident said he was still looking.

Josh Stumberg, maintenance coordinator with Bigfoot Management, which manages the building owned by Gotlieb’s Five LLC, was there to let people in and help them retrieve items.

“It’s terrible,” he said. “It’s been a really intense week.”

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