Debris from Monday's fire in West End being cleared
Long Branch: The property owners of the structures that burned down in the West End fire began demolishing early Wednesday morning. City officials didn’t want any time wasted in getting the sites cleared for safety reasons. Debris removal was moving rather quickly by the afternoon with quite a bit cleared.
A couple of the property owners are already talking about rebuilding. The owner of the building at 59 Brighton Ave., which is the 3-story structure that had flames shooting out the second and third story front windows before its façade came crashing down, seems the most anxious to reconstruct. That building, which had undergone extensive renovations recently to bring it up to date, had a number of apartments and businesses in it, including Alexander’s Unisex and Long Branch Paradise Convenience store.
Other businesses nearby lost power and other services and are working to get back up and running.
Please check out some of the other West End fire stories for where to donate to those who lost a lot in the fire. Some of those businesses are working to relocate- even temporarily- so please contact them to get info if you don’t see it here in The Word.
West End can really use all our help at this dire time. Please join us in patronizing those businesses that do relocate while they clean up and rebuild. The rest of West End has felt the stress of this devastating fire also but they are open for business and could also use our support.