WASHINGTON – Today Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), Chairman of the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, pledged his support for ensuring economic assistance to the small businesses impacted by today's devastating fire in historic Eastern Market.

"Eastern Market has been a thriving example of how small businesses can be a force for economic development," said Kerry. "The sense of community created by this Washington landmark reminds me of the energy in Boston's Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Faneuil Hall burnt down in 1761 but was rebuilt a year later and Eastern Market will also recover from today's devastating fire. I stand ready to help these small businesses rebuild and get back on their feet quickly."

To read the letter Kerry sent to Mayor Adrian Fenty about the Small Business Administration's economic injury disaster loan program, please click here.