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Alteration shop owner devastated, returns dresses to brides after massive fire

Jung Park, right, returns a wedding dress after a nearby fire on June 17 caused her to be hospitalized. (Raymond Boone, KSL TV)



MILLCREEK — It was an emotional day for an alteration shop owner who was hospitalized in a massive fire in Millcreek one week ago as she started to get wedding dresses back to her customers.

Jung Park was inside her alteration shop when the fire broke out last week. She and other workers in the strip mall ran for their lives as huge flames shot into the air.

Park ended up in the hospital.

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She was back at her shop on Monday to get some dresses out of the building. She reunited the brides with their dresses Wednesday in a parking lot across the street from the fire.

She told KSL TV the fire did not burn any of those dresses but they did have some sort of damage from the smoke, water and heat.

"I'm very very sad," said Park through an interpreter. "I'm just very sorry I can't bring whole new dresses. I'm very old. I'm over 70 years old. I just worry because I can't work anymore in my shop. I lose my customer," she said with both Park and the interpreter tearing up.

Sarah Jensen is one of the brides who was supposed to pick up her wedding dress this weekend for bridal photos.

"It is emotional; it's something you take time thinking about and planning for and you finally get it how you want it, and it gets here and you are so excited. All though it is a material thing, it's tough," Jensen explained.

She said her heart goes out to Park because of what happened to her business and she was not upset about the delay.

"The shop owner has to be just devastated," she said.

Park said she has no idea what she's going to do now. "I don't know what I can do after this. I'm so sad I can't work anymore," she said.

The owner of the strip mall met with shop owners on Wednesday to hand out some of the money raised in a GoFundMe account* that was set up to help the businesses.

*KSL.com does not assure that the money deposited to the account will be applied for the benefit of the persons named as beneficiaries. If you are considering a deposit to the account, you should consult your own advisors and otherwise proceed at your own risk.

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Dan Rascon

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