Chapman didn’t know yet whether any of the building could be salvaged for sure. He was arranging to have an engineer inspect the place.
“It’s got a lot of potential still,” he said. “I’d hate to tear the old girl down.”
The huge amounts of water used to quench the fire had caused some beams to sag on a lower floor, he said, and they would need to be jacked up.
“The third floor probably looks to be the best of them,” with the least damage.
Chapman had put new siding on the building last year and had begun building apartments on the ground floor.
Even if the structure can be saved, money is an issue.
“We didn’t have a penny of insurance.”
Chapman expressed deep gratitude for the outpouring of support from the community since the disaster.
“Everyone has been so gracious in helping us out,” Chapman said. “Starting with the Red Cross.”
He wishes he knew who had made the 911 call that sent out those noisy fire trucks so he could thank that person.
“If not for them, we probably would hav
Thursday, after visiting one of those generous people to thank her in person, he was heading back into the building.
“I’m going to comb through again,” he said. “Hopefully, we may find some other treasures.”
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