City of Cleveland Statement Regarding the West Side Market

Monday, October 7, 2019

The City of Cleveland today released a statement about the West Side Market:

The City of Cleveland is committed to the safety of the vendors, customers and employees at the West Side Market. Today, an employee of Kate’s Fish received a shock after touching a case with a defective and improperly installed wire. The wires that caused this incident do not meet the electrical codes enforced by the City of Cleveland, nor were they installed by the City. After learning of today’s incident, the City immediately dispatched an external case vendor to inspect and correct Kate’s Fish unapproved wire installations. The case vendor installed a temporary set-up to mitigate any immediate hazards to vendors or employees. The City also dispatched a Building & Housing chief electrical inspector to review the temporary set-up, and based on the findings are determining the best ways to repair lighting in the case. As an additional safety measure, the City of Cleveland will inspect all vendor cases at the market for compliance with existing code and will address all vendors accordingly. The incident report as well as photos of the unapproved set-up are available here: and

Separately, the City of Cleveland has also completed an extensive capital assessment and committed $2 million in the 2019 budget to address roofing, electrical and other market needs.