This morning I had my first portrait session at 9am, and 5 more that followed throughout the day. Around 2:30pm, Elizabethe and I were meeting with a friend (who is going to model one of Elizabethe’s dresses and also pose for the pictures that I will paint of her in the dress). We got a call from Elizabethe’s cousin, who just happened to be down at the Grandin Building.
Her cousin informed us there was a big fire and I might want to check on the wellbeing of my building. I headed downtown to see. The smoke was so thick, I couldn’t see exactly what was on fire. It smelled like burning newspapers, and had that dense smoke that newspapers give off when they are burning.
A shift in the wind revealed it was a little east of my building, but I was still worried that burning embers could land on the roof of other buildings.
Between jobs, I walked down the street to see the progress. The fire was still raging, and they were still pumping water on to the fire. Another walk downtown around 6:00pm looked as though they got it out. But, as I was leaving (around 6:45pm), the fire started back up.
Elizabethe and I went to dinner, and after dinner, I stopped in Perinton at Wegmans. The young lady who rang my order up said she lives in Palmyra, and left to come to work at 8pm, and the fire was still burning. (It was no 9pm.)
When we got back to the village (around 9:15pm), we went to see the damage. Officer Showman was there and told us they finally got it out around 8:30pm. You could still hear the water draining off the rubble and in to the storm drains. As to the damage, here are some pictures from my walk at 6 to 7pm…
Sign on East Bound NY SR 31
The Fire View from the 4 Churches
Fire Hoses Being Put Away
The View From Nima’s Pizza
It Appeared to Be Out around 6:30pm
Mark’s Pizza – One of the Damaged Buildings
A View of the damaged section
Two Buckets in the Front, and One (not seen) In the Rear
Village Residents Watch On
Palmyra’s Finest Fire Fighters – The are to be commended for their efforts.
Around 6:50pm, fire starts back up.
The 11pm news, on all the Rochester stations that have 11pm news, featured the Palmyra fire as the lead story. They reported there were 4 related injuries: 1 person rescued from the building and taken to the hospital, and 3 fire fighters that were treated for smoke inhalation. It appears the buildings damaged will be condemned. They also reported it involved 13 stations from the area. THIRTEEN!!!
This is a huge blow to Palmyra.