Lisa Welch spent three and a half years transforming a former furniture and embalming business into apartments on Syracuse’s North Side.
But, at the end of last month, she saw her building go up in flames.
Welch’s property is one of four buildings that were destroyed in late August after a fire broke out in the 700 block of North Salina Street. The city has ordered that the buildings be demolished due to safety concerns. Property owners said that while they’re devastated by the fire, demolition was the most viable option to move forward.
The August fire began when a discarded cigarette lit up a large stack of cardboard leaning against the rear of Cities Leather and Luggage on 719 N. Salina St., according to a press release from the Syracuse Fire Department. Authorities determined the fire was accidental.
Due to wind gusts of 30 mph and hidden empty spaces inside the buildings, the fire quickly spread to neighboring buildings. More than 100 firefighters worked to clear the buildings and extinguish the fire.
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