One year ago, on July 10, a fire broke out in the early morning hours, quickly destroying the historic brick building of the Broad Street Market.

The Harrisburg Bureau of Fire later determined that the fire was caused by an electrical issue with a fan, displacing around 23 vendors and leaving a lasting impact on the community.

The loss of the Broad Street Market was felt deeply by both vendors and the public, but they refused to be defeated.

On the day of the fire, Brian Enterline, Fire Chief for Harrisburg, stated, “We lost a historic landmark here in Harrisburg.”

Just days after the fire, the vendors set up an outdoor market to keep their businesses open, the city promised to assist in the construction of a temporary structure, and the public rallied, contributing to the project through donations and fundraisers.

In the months that followed, The Millworks generously offered part of its land for a temporary tent.

Although initially planned to be operational by the end of August, delays in securing bids for plumbing and electrical work pushed the timeline back.

During this period, frustration grew among vendors over increased rents and financial uncertainties, leading to the resignation of the Broad Street Market Executive Director and the formation of a new Broad Street Market Alliance.

Reflecting on the past year, Eric Hagarty, a board member of Broad Street Market, remarked, “We’re extremely grateful to everyone in Harrisburg who stepped up to help save the Market over the last year. In a number of other towns, a fire like this would’ve destroyed the Market permanently, but people have come together to save the Market and it’s just been extremely heartwarming.”

Ten months after the fire, the long-awaited tent finally opened, providing eight vendors with a new place to call home.

Hagarty shared the community’s excitement, saying, “To see vendors that many of us knew and loved before the fire finally get to open shop again, even in a little bit of a different environment, it’s great and we’re thrilled so many folks from the community have turned out. It’s packed in there all the time.”

The next step is the reconstruction of the brick building.

Although the Harrisburg City Council initially rejected a construction manager, they reversed their decision two weeks later after public backlash.

The Market’s next steps include finding an architect and contractors to work on the reconstruction, which is expected to be completed in 2026.