2007-03-23 / Community

Neilson Street Fire Victims Could Soon Retrieve Belongings

By Miriam Rosenberg Contributing Editor

By Miriam Rosenberg
Contributing Editor

Captain Brian McMahon announces that residents of the fire damaged 1056 Neilson Street apartment building may be able to retrieve their belongings next week. Captain Brian McMahon announces that residents of the fire damaged 1056 Neilson Street apartment building may be able to retrieve their belongings next week.

The victims of the massive fire that destroyed 1056 Nielson Street in Far Rockaway last month may soon be able to retrieve their belongings, Captain Brian McMahon, the commanding officer of the 101 Precinct, announced on Wednesday.

McMahon said the building must first be shored up and then inspected by the Department of Buildings before its former residents can enter it.

"They're renovating it now," he said at this month's precinct community council meeting. "We're looking to get all the families that were relocated to get their personal belongings out.

"They have a work crew over there. They said another week. People who used to live in there will be able to go in there and take their personal belongings out and then, I don't want to say demolish the building - but there's a lot of water damage in there."

Firefighters try to knock down the raging fire.Firefighters try to knock down the raging fire. McMahon and Community Affairs Officer George Torres were recently inside the building. McMahon said that the floors of the six-story building pancaked onto each other.

"For most of those people there's nothing left to take out," he continued. "Between all the water damage, the water freezing, the water damage because there's no ceilings, it's just a complete wash. Most of the apartments are completely destroyed.

"From the third floor down may be salvageable, but the water damage is extensive," concluded McMahon.


Residents of the burned-out building with possessions the morning after.Residents of the burned-out building with possessions the morning after.

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