Fire in Magnolia Village – Gloucester, MA
Sunday morning the residents of Magnolia village in Gloucester, MA experienced and all too familiar scene – a historic building was on fire. The building which housed Magnolia Pizza, located at the corner of Norman Ave. & Fuller St. was a total loss to the fire.
Unfortunately, the building had three apartments above it. But the the village is very grateful that no human lives were lost in the fire, nor apparently where there any injuries. The owner of the building (Tony Dimituro) who discovered the fire, ran through the building pounding and kicking in doors to make sure everyone got out.
It burned so hot, for so long that it will have to be torn down right away. Nothing will be able to be salvaged from the inside of the building as the fire marshal has condemned it. Rightly so.
This of course means that the tenants have lost all of the material possessions housed there. Furniture, clothes, pictures, even money. There are some pets unaccounted for and we’re hoping that they’ll be spotted in the village.
As a resident of Magnolia, (I live on Fuller St. where the fire took place) I am immensely proud of my community which immediately stepped up in the following ways.
The Magnolia Library & Community Center opened right away and became a command center for helping those in need. Soon we will have a link on the MLCC website where you can make a donation through Paypal.
Residents of the town and elsewhere began making monetary donations right away so that the victims could get a few of their immediate needs met.
Jon Von Tetzchner – Owner of the Innovation House, (formerly Inn Magnolia) made housing available to those who lost their residence in the fire.
The Magnolia Historical Society has a fund going.
All around town the buzz has been “what can I do?”
Here are a few answers to that question:
- Stop by the Magnolia Library and Community Center at 1 Lexington Ave. to find out what is needed.
- Visit our website at www.magnolialibrary.org
- Be on the lookout for Lauren’s cat Sophie. She is a large black Maine Coon cat.