Rebuilding Begins at 78 Mulberry 2 Weeks After Deadly Fire
A little over two weeks after a deadly fire at 78 Mulberry Street, the long rebuilding process has begun.
Although a partial vacate order remains affixed to the entryway, workers were allowed to remove debris from within. And despite massive fire and water damage, the structure remains stable enough to renovate.
KK Discount Proprietors were busy cleaning out the basement of fallen plaster, but say they will likely re-open within a couple months. However, EWA Trading Company, which sold Chinese herbs and medicinal products, suffered a total loss of inventory and severe water damage, requiring extensive repairs.
The two-alarm fire broke out at 78 Mulberry Street just before 4:00am on April 15. Roughly one hundred firefighters responded to extinguish the flames, which reportedly spread from the fifth floor. The inferno claimed the lives of a 91-year-old mother and her 52-year-old autistic son.
Chinatown has seen its share of setbacks through the years, yet always bounces back, showing its resiliency.