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Apartment building under renovation destroyed by fire


SOME PARKED CARS. FLAMES ATE THROUGH THE ROOF AND
INTO THE WALLS OF THIS
THREE-STORY APARTMENT BUILDING
IN LAWRENCE. PEOPLE INSIDE THE BUILDING AND
THE ONE NEXT DOOR CAME RUNNING
OUT.>>THEY WERE TELLING US THEY
WERE TRYING TO STOP OUR HOUSE
FROM BEING ON FIRE. I WAS, LIKE, OH MY GOD. THIS IS IS IT. EVERYTHING IS HAPPENING AT ONCE.>>MARIO NUNEZ SAYS HE BOUGHT
THE BUILDING FOR $415,000 JUST
THREEE DAY AGO. BEFORE THE FIRE IT LOOKED LIKE
THIS ON THE OUTSIDE AND LIKE
THIS ON THE INSIDE. NUNEZ SAYS HE’D STARTED DOING
RENOVATIONS.>>YEAH, WORKING IN ONE FLOOR. YEAH, THE CLEANING.>>LA PINTURA?>>PINTURA.>>HE’S WAS PAINTING AND PRIMING
, BUT SAYS HE DOESN’T KNOW HOW
THE FIRE STARTED. HOWEVER, A TENANT WHOSE FAMILY
LIVES ON THE UPPER FLOORS SAYS
HE THINKS THE RENOVATIONS MIGHT
BE TO BLAME.>>ALL I KNOW IS MY GRANDFATHER
TOLD ME THAT THEY WERE CUTTING
METALS. AND MY GRANDFATHER SAW SPARKLES. AND THAT’S WHERE EVERTHING
STARTED HAPPENING.>>JUST AS THE FIRE WAS STARTING
TO DIE, THE BUILDING’S FRONT
WALL COLLAPSED AND FELL ONTO TWO
CARS PARKED OUT FRON
THE DEPUTY FIRE CHIEF SAYS
WHAT’S LEFT STANDING WILL HAVE TO BE DEMOLISHED.>>EVENTUALLY IT’LL HAVE TO BE
TORN DOWN. AT THIS POINT, IT’S JUST A PILE
OF DEBRIS WITH EVERYTHING
SMOLDERING AND BURING. SO IT’S A PROCESS. WE’LL BE HERE FOR A WHILE.>>>>TONIGHT, THE RED CROSS SAYS
IT’S NOW HELP

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