(July 20) A late-night fire on July 18 at the Grower-Shipper Association of Central California headquarters in Salinas caused about $100,000 in damage, but the organization was back at work the next morning.

The fire broke out in the kitchen area of the 50-year-old building about 10 p.m. July 18 and spread to a conference room across the hall. Damage was confined to the two rooms and the kitchen roof.

“We’re here to serve,” said Jim Bogart, the association’s president and general counsel. “The power was restored late yesterday afternoon and our computers are up and running. It’s business as usual.”

Bogart said the estimate of damages came from an estimator with DCM Restoration and Remodel. He said the damage to the kitchen was significant.

“I have not had estimates given to me by our insurance people yet,” he said. “In terms of major structural property damage to the rest of the building, we came through in good shape. It’s mostly smoke damage.”

Clean-up and repair will take about three months. According to a Salinas Californian story, fire marshal Mark Latham said the exact cause has not yet been determined. About 50 firefighters responded to the blaze.