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After the Fire at 72 Hester

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Photo by Amir Shoucri.

Editor’s note: Here are some more photos from the fire at 72 Hester Street, and a bit more information from TLD contributor Jonathan Zalman:

Sulman Mirza, 30, an architect and resident of the building, said, “I was taking a nap and didn’t realize (the fire was happening) ’till I saw the smoke come up to the fourth floor.  The building’s a mix of young twenty-somethings and Chinese people and is over 100 years old…”

(Note: The National Register Historic District Report indicates the building dates to 1869).

Sulman believes the fire began in the basement and speculated that old electrical wiring could have been to blame.  “Going forward, when looking for apartments, I’m going to take the wiring into consideration,” he said.

Investigators have not determined a cause this afternoon.  It does not appear anyone was seriously injured in the blaze, which looks to have started in the basement. About 60 firefighters responded to the scene. The building is the home of Mendel Goldberg Fabrics, a business that’s been on the Lower East Side since 1890. 

Photo by Amir Shoucri.
Photo by Amir Shoucri.

Also, here are two more photos after the fire was fully brought under control, later in the afternoon:

Photo by Jennifer Strom.
Photo by Bridget Bosworth.
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  1. The building dates to 1869 according to the National Register Historic District Report. The architect Juius Boekell is represented by several other buildings in the neighborhood around the same date. What a shame for the lovely store, too.

  2. I just walked by and the tenants are all standing around outside of the building with nowhere to go! The landlord has apparently not shown up and is not responding to calls according to one of the on lookers I spoke with. 
    What can be done for these tenants? 

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