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East Houston Fire Update: Photos from the Roof of Red Square

Last modified July 8, 2010 at 8:13 pm

There is still a scene in the immediate aftermath of the East Houston fire, which broke out at number 240 earlier tonight.  Many thanks to the Red Square tipster for emailing us the following rooftop pictures.

Huge Fire at Avenue A and East Houston

Last modified July 8, 2010 at 7:44 pm

Fireblog is reporting on a three-alarm inferno at the corner of Avenue A and East Houston. Address is 240 East Houston. This photo, nabbed from Twitpic, is quite scary. What are you seeing out there? Send us your pics and reports! [Photo Credit: Josh Spear] UPDATE: One tipster is reporting that the blaze might be […]

The Dalmatian of Tower Ladder 9

Posted June 30, 2010 at 6:28 am

It might seem a tad cliche, but where would the fire department be without its trusty Dalmatian?  Yesterday morning, two trucks responded to an alert outside the Broadway-Lafayette subway station near Broadway and Houston.  As the firefighters were doing their business, this canine was watching over the gear inside Tower Ladder 9.  Cozy!

Grand Street Firefighter on Bicycle

Posted May 26, 2010 at 6:17 am

Judging by this comical scene on Grand Street, not all firefighters prefer traveling in their cramped fire trucks.  This partially-uniformed first responder was spotted in the westbound lane on a bicycle, his gear loaded in the basket.  Traffic was at a standstill during rush hour, and as you can see, the van driver was equally […]

The 14th Street Fire Recap

Last modified January 17, 2013 at 12:06 am

Not too long ago, EV Grieve broke news that a three-alarm fire had broken out on Fourteenth Street.  We were also on the scene as everything went down.

Grand Street Fire: 283 Grand is No More

Posted April 30, 2010 at 6:33 am

And that’s all she wrote.  283-287 Grand Street is no more.  Its suffering has finally come to an end.  Yesterday evening, the heavy-duty backhoes had their claws full of brick, wood, and twisted metal.  All that remains now is a gaping void and the musty smell of lost memories.

Grand Street Fire: Questions from One Building Resident

Posted April 29, 2010 at 6:11 am

In response to our last update on the demolition of 283 Grand Street, one former resident of the building left a comment worth sharing.  The fire victim lived there for more than two decades, as did many others.

Grand Street Fire: Demolition Update

Posted April 26, 2010 at 6:17 am

Last night marked two weeks since the debilitating seven-alarm fire tore through 283 Grand Street.  The whole area remains under lockdown, seriously affecting business for the adjacent stores and markets.  Indeed, metal police barricades still block the flow of pedestrian (and automotive) traffic between Allen and Forsyth Streets. The demolition continues, but the smell is […]

Grand Street Fire: Demolition and Relocation

Posted April 19, 2010 at 6:24 am

And the demolition continues on Grand Street.  As of yesterday evening, a sizable chunk of number 283 is gone.  The facade is now just a skeleton.  In the meantime, families displaced by the fire are upset by the recent relocation from Skyline Hotel on 49th Street.

Grand Street Fire: Lucy Lost

Posted April 16, 2010 at 6:13 am

In recent days, a number of “lost cat” flyers have been posted to street furniture around ground zero of the Grand Street fire.  Lucy’s owner is frantically searching for the feline, last seen during the debilitating fire this past Sunday.