Cocina Cecilia gave her a new purpose. Not only did it allow her to do was she loved, but it also introduced her to entrepreneurship and all the difficulties involved with being a brand new entrepreneur. As all business owners do, she's faced plenty of hardship on this journey; deception, technical and mechanical issues, and financial struggles. However, none has hit her harder than the night of Wednesday, February 24, 2021, when her Food Truck caught on fire.
Cocina Cecilia was scheduled to get back on the road Thursday, March 4, 2021. All the permits were recently renewed and all the equipment recently inspected. New menu items and protocols were discussed. Mailers were being printed and were scheduled to hit the homes in the vicinity where her Food Truck is stationed. Cocina Cecilia was even hiring as its demand was growing. This year seemed very promising.
My brother was in the Food Truck doing routine cleaning when something strange happened. The smell of smoke alerted his senses and he instantly started looking for the root of the issue. The suppression system on the Food Truck did not go off because the fire was somehow between the walls, behind the kitchen. My mother, father, and I were waiting for my brother to finish so we can have a going-away dinner for my father who was leaving for Peru. My brother frantically comes in the house screaming, "Fire, fire!" and that sets off the panic. We all tried our best to extinguish the fire while we waited for the fire department to arrive, but we were unsuccessful. We thank the fire department for coming as quickly as they did and doing an amazing job at extinguishing the fire. Even though no one was hurt the fire left its mark and left my mother and my brother devastated.
I come from a proud Peruvian family, and asking for help is never on the agenda. However, her insurance will not cover the damages nor replace any equipment. There's a lot to get done before the Food Truck is fully operational again. This includes fixing the hole that was made in the roof, replacing the vent that sat atop the roof, replacing the frame and the entire back wall, replacing the hood and suppression system, replacing the plumbing and wires damaged, replacing the windows that were broken and getting them wrapped again, some exterior body damage, and I'm sure we'll find some more damages and surprises along the way.
My mother has no clue that I'm doing this, but I'm sure she'll find out once it's posted. I'm hoping that I can raise enough money to help her get back on the road as soon as possible. Whatever anyone could do to help will be greatly appreciated and my mother will be forever grateful. Thank you!
- Danica Bialosuknia
- Gino Aramburu Lopez
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