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Local business in Santa Maria faces damages due to rainstorm

SANTA MARIA, Calif.- Next Level Spa-Lala owners say water made its way into the electrical units above the business and sparked a fire.

Next Level Spa-Lala in Santa Maria caught fire late Monday night.

It burned a gaping hole in the ceiling and then all the water from the rain and firefighter's hoses went through the hole and ruined many parts of the business such as flooring, walls, and equipment.

Owners of next level spa lala say they experienced flooding inside their facility.

“The water got into an electrical circuit, shorted out and then started to fire right above our building and then worked its way up through the roof into above our building at about a four square foot hole that was burnt in our building," said Corbin Miano, Next Level Spa-Lala Co-Owner.

Owners say they’re grateful the Santa Maria Fire Department was able to put out the fire so quickly.

“It like started out in the front with the circuit box and then it started to work its way up a two by four into the roof and then that's when the firefighters had to break open the top of the roof to actually get into the fire to put it out or else it was going to go over the entire top of our building," said Corbin Miano.

City leaders are encouraging business to be prepared ahead of this weekends expected rainstorm.

“Businesses if they are concerned about being in a flood area, the owners, the managers, take photos, document what you have now take as many photos as you can," said Mark van de Kamp, City of Santa Maria Public Information Manager.

Business owners are encouraged to keep high resolution photos to present to insurance companies.

“So that you can begin the process immediately. And before you start to clean up take the photos of any damage. That way you'll have an accurate record for your insurance paperwork," said Mark van de Kamp.

With more rain expected the business says it will be prepared for it.

"We don't really have much of a flood zone in here in Santa Maria. So we are just making sure that we have the roof sealed off as best we can with the contractors, letting them get access whenever they want to be able to come in and try to be a help to the situation and rather than a nuisance," said Corbin Miano.

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