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    Worcester Fire displaces 79 residents

    Friday, March 6, 2009
    Fire displaces 79 residents

    By Steven H. Foskett Jr. TELEGRAM & GAZETTE STAFF
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    Worcester Pleasant St. Fire 2009

    More fire photos link below by Kevin Soucie.
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    Worcester Fire Lt. John Carlson

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    Photo by Capt. William P. Metterville Worcester Fire Dept.

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    Crews begin tearing down burned-out building

    Sunday, March 8, 2009
    Demolished memories

    CREWS BEGIN TEARING DOWN BURNED-OUT BUILDING

    By Brian Lee TELEGRAM & GAZETTE STAFF

    WORCESTER — Joyce M. Newell and her son, Brian E. Laprade, watched yesterday as a crew began taking down the five-story apartment building where a massive fire displaced dozens of people Thursday.

    Ms. Newell lived in the building for four years, until three or four months ago. But she left several items behind, such as pictures of her children as babies, because her son, his girlfriend, Cindy Lawrence, their 3-year-old daughter, Cherrice, and a roommate continued living there. Anything that was still inside yesterday would soon be buried under a pile of bricks as demolition equipment smashed through the building’s walls.Police Lt. Robert R. Lotsbom said he hoped authorities could open Pleasant Street by rush hour tomorrow.

    “That’s a pretty good guess,” confirmed Nicholas DiLiddo, owner of F & D Truck Co. of Millbury, which is handling the demolition for building owner Xiaonong “Sean” Yang of Winchester. “By (Sunday), we should have the building pretty safe to open up the street.”


    It will take three weeks or so to haul the wreckage to an out-of-state landfill, said Mr. DiLiddo, who had four workers on the job.

    “We start in the corner,” he said, “take down the high parts, keep moving in. When the building’s intact, it’s easier. The walls are all blown out because of the fire, so it’s a little tedious. We’ve done a lot of these, but you have to be careful. It’s stressful.”

    District Fire Chief Frank D. DiLiddo III (no relation to Nicholas) said determining a cause for the fire would be difficult because of the heavy damage to the building and the demolition.

    “We’re not able to get investigators inside,” he said. “We’ll sift through stuff as it comes out, but that will be it.”

    Lawrence C. Flood, a counselor with the Celebrate Recovery program at next-door Pleasant Street Baptist Church, acted as a liaison between Mr. Yang and Celebrate Recovery participants who lived in the building. Mr. Flood advocated for them and collected their rents, but yesterday he was returning money.

    Mr. Yang told him to “give these people back (rent payments for March) right away,” Mr. Flood said. He had already given out one check and had two in his pocket. For some it was immaterial, because they hadn’t paid yet. The apartment building had several code violations, including problems with electrical circuits and no gas service, during a Fire Department inspection in November, and Mr. Yang owed more than $12,408 in water and sewer bills on the building, according to city records.

    Mr. Flood called Mr. Yang, who visited the site yesterday, “a fair man.”

    “I’m making keys for him because some (displaced residents) he moved to another apartment of his,” Mr. Flood said.

    Shelley R. Williamson, wife of the Pleasant Street Baptist Church Pastor Noel R. Williamson, said officials have told them not to return to the church until further notice. The church steeple briefly caught fire during Thursday’s blaze.

    She said All Saints Church on Irving Street offered its fellowship hall for this morning’s service, and when the main portion of the service is over about 11 or 11:15 a.m., the Baptists plan to walk up the street to congregate, pray and sing near the demolished building.

    Ten of the residents of the burned building attend Pleasant Street Baptist Church, Mrs. Williamson said. Other residents used the church’s food pantry and attended church block parties in addition to participating in the 12-step recovery program. Their kids played on the church’s side yard, she said.

    “It was a pretty transient place, but the people who stayed we really got to know,” she said.

    Contact Brian Lee by e-mail at blee@telegram.com.

    http://www.telegram.com/article/2009...903080417/1116

    Lt. Robert J. Courtney, from left, and Firefighters Joseph A. Lerado and Pat C. Loughnane spray down rubble during yesterday's demolition of the apartment building at 167 Pleasant St., Worcester. (T&G Staff Photos / TOM RETTIG)

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