Official reports aren’t in yet, but preliminary surveys of the four East Main Street buildings ravaged by fire last Friday are not optimistic
Official reports aren’t in yet, but preliminary surveys of the four East Main Street buildings ravaged by fire last Friday are not optimistic.
Palmyra Mayor Chris Piccola said structural engineers from MRB Group were inspecting the buildings Tuesday morning to determine the extent of the damage sustained following the May 3 fire that closed off Main Street and displaced nine people and several businesses. Engineers used a lift truck to get a closer look at the roofs of each building and peered in windows to assess the damage. At one point, one engineer climbed inside a window above Mark’s Pizzeria, all the while photographing the structure’s interior.
Piccola is waiting on a full report from MRB regarding the safety of the buildings. Initial reports from engineers at the scene Tuesday morning held little promise for three of the structures, Piccola said. The fourth building, located next to the law offices of Converse & Morell, appears to have sustained the least amount of damage and may be salvageable, the mayor added.
The fire broke out Friday afternoon in a third-floor apartment at 236 E. Main St. in the village of Palmyra. Some 16 fire companies from three counties battled the blaze for about four hours before bringing it under control. The fire spread quickly from building to building due to a lack of fire walls, which are required in new construction. These buildings, each of which housed ground-floor businesses and two stories of apartments, were built in the 1800s long before the fire regulations were in effect.
The buildings and part of Main Street through the village remained roped off for public safety’s sake until final word on the structural integrity of the buildings is received.