283 Grand Street: Morning After the Fire

Posted on: April 12th, 2010 at 7:20 am by

Shortly before midnight last night, a seven-alarm fire tore through 283 Grand Street, and spread to 285.  This morning, the scene remains active.

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A couple of ladder companies remain at the scene now to ensure safety, but the area is still cordoned off. Local press is everywhere. The ground-level businesses in the affected buildings are completely decimated.  That smoldering, musty scent of fire and burned wood wafts through the air.

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The aftermath isn’t pretty.  250 firefighters responded to the fire, which burned for four hours before being extinguished at around 2 am.  Twenty-seven people were reportedly injured – twenty-four firefighters and three civilians – and two elderly residents remain in critical condition from smoke inhalation.  Roughly fifty to sixty families were displaced.  The New York Times is reporting that, at its worst, the flames rose 20 to 30 feet above the roofs.


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