MARYSVILLE (CBS13) – Some residents in Marysville are disturbed by a new crematorium about to start operating in town.  It’s not necessarily the fact that a crematorium is opening that is sparking debate, it’s the location, next to fast food restaurants.

After more than a year, Lakeside Colonial Chapel got approval to open the crematorium from the city of Marysville.

“We want to bring life back to the city,” said Andre Semenyuk, owner of the chapel. “In order to sustain business and help families you just have to have your own crematorium.”

The owner says more than 80 percent of his clients prefer cremation and it’s more economical to provide the service themselves.

In the past, bodies were being sent to the nearest crematorium in Olivehurst.

“Just like any other business, we want it all done ourselves,” said Semenyuk.

After more than a year, Lakeside finally got the city’s approval.

“Looking over and seeing that there’s bodies being cremated over there is kind of weird,” one resident said.

But the Feather River Air Quality Management district says the latest cremation technology makes the burning of bodies nearly unnoticeable. The cremation machine is required to burn so hot it will actually cause the toxic fumes to combust, so instead of seeing dark puffs of smoke, you should only see a heat wave coming out of the chimney.

And how about an odor? Would the smell disrupt lunch breaks? Air quality managers say it shouldn’t cause any problems.

Despite mixed reactions, the owner says the crematorium could be up and running in the next three months.

Comments (44)
  1. Eric says:

    This is the kind of non-story that media focuses on toiday. I would rather breathe the air that could be emitted rom s modern crematorium -f given the option – than the air we breathe which polluted with unhealthy chemicals due to greedy expediency by some (not all) un-American U.S. corporations and some non-U.S. corporations.It might not be too long until we’re fed stories on witch trials,more of people who claim to have spoken to a god, and commies lurking in neighbors’ homes.

  2. Angela says:

    This establishment is providing a service to (dead) people, something that will always happen. On the other hand, the fast-food giants are making people FATTER & LAZIER! Also, theres a starbucks right next to carls jr. Make Carls jr leave!

  3. Tmoo says:

    There is a crematorium at the Mt. Vernon on Greenback in Citrus Hts/Fair Oaks & it is right across the street from a fast food restaurant–including others–just fyi.

  4. Connie Bratten says:

    What? Are people afraid the smoke or dust from the crematorium will get into their fast food burger? Really, that couldn’t make them any less unhealthy than they already are.

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