By Kathleen Hill
Covered with ashes, a bakery case filled with croissants and pan dulce were about all that’s left of Eduardo Garcia’s Sonoma sweet shop.
Surveying the damage, Joelle C. Hanley, Vice President of Operations for property manager Meridian Commercial Property Management, said: “the kitchen is totally destroyed.” The shopping center is owned by Kasson Ranch, LLC, she said.
While Hanley wouldn’t allow reporters inside to see the kitchen “for liability reasons,” her phone video showed the entire kitchen blackened, insulation and beams hanging from the ceiling, and a floor covered with debris left from the blaze. Firefighters were able to keep the fire from spreading to other units in the small shopping center.