Day After the 319-321 Grand Street Fire [Video]

Posted on: December 3rd, 2011 at 8:50 am by

As previously reported, a two-alarm fire ripped through the historic “pink building” at 319-321 Grand Street earlier this morning (or late last night, depending on your party preferences).

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We stopped by the scene a short while ago, and the ground is still wet with shards of broken glass littering the sidewalk.  Be careful out there, it’s still pretty “live.”  Plywood boarding has yet to arrive, so numerous pedestrians were stopping in their tracks at the sight.

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Below is some video of the firefighters battling the beast. Note the “woo-woos” and astute observations by the party people (while building residents on the street are crying):

319-321 Grand Street is a five-story cast iron structure built in 1886, and housed the Ridley & Sons Department Store, considered the largest retail store in the country at the time.  The building, which was up for landmark designation, has been for sale on the open market for quite some time now. The Times had a piece about Ridley’s back in April. Bad timing, indeed.

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UPDATE 12:24 pm: cleanup crews have yet to arrive on scene.  The sight of the burned-out building is drawing the attention, and cameras, of passersby.  We hope the glass is carted away soon as it’s pretty dangerous.

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