MASON CITY | A Mason City dentist is working to find a temporary location to serve her patients after a fire destroyed her office on New Year’s Eve.
Dr. Noemi Cruz-Orcutt, owner of Mint Springs Dentistry, said she received a call about 6:20 p.m. Monday saying her office on South Taft Avenue was on fire.
It was shocking to get the call, she said.
Mason City Fire Department responded and extinguished the fire.
“Everything inside is destroyed,” Cruz-Orcutt said. “It will need to be gutted.”
No one was inside the building at the time of the fire.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Cruz-Orcutt said the fire marshal was over at the office Friday to continue investigating. She said the cause seems to be electrical but they are still not sure.
“We’re working hard to find a potential temporary location,” she said.
She said she has to wait for the insurance and to sign a lease before they can get started moving equipment.
“It would probably take a month, more like five weeks to get set up,” Cruz-Orcutt said. “In the meantime, we’re working to find a dental office to work at to take care of urgent situations for patients."
The community of dental offices and her patients have supported Mint Springs since the fire. She is collaborating with other offices to see emergency patients.
“I’m very grateful for the outpouring of support and ‘How can we help?’ messages,” she said.
Cruz-Orcutt said other dental practices have offered to help by giving her room in their offices to continue to see patients.
“We’re working real hard,” Cruz-Orcutt said. “It’s not easy to get everything going.”
She said the temporary location will serve as their building until the original location can be fixed.
In addition to herself, Cruz-Orcott employs five other staff members. She has been operating Mint Springs out of that location for about three and a half years. The location has served as a dental office since 1996.
“I am, I will take care of my patients and we will provide the services they need and the same excellent care,” she said. “It will take some time and I appreciate their patience.”