SUFFERN, NY (CBSNewYork) Freezing temperatures added to the challenge of a five-alarm fire in Rockland County on Wednesday.
Business owners in Suffern are now summing up the extensive loss, CBS2’s Tony Aiello reported.
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There was nothing to save inside the business Muhammad Khan spent four years building.
“I lost the business right now. Nothing to save. Inside, everything, everything is done,” Khan said.
The Pakistani immigrant said the loss of inventory in his halal market alone peaks at $ 200,000.
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Upstairs there was a mess created by heavy smoke and the water used to fight the fire.
Chopper 2 was over the place Wednesday morning when the five-alarm fire in the center brought in 80 first aiders, including some from neighboring Mahwah, New Jersey.
Flames were seen shooting out of the back of Lafayette Ave 83. Temperatures in the upper teens caused all sorts of problems, including slipping. Workers disperse ice melt to help with traction.
“The cold is the biggest difficulty – rotating guys in and out, hose lines are freezing,” said Suffern Fire Chief Jeremy Kaufer.
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A bus was called to the place to serve as a place to warm up.
The damage spread to several companies, including Pine Knoll Florist.
“A lot of water damage in the back and smoke in the front. So hopefully – thank God no one was hurt – we will be able to fix it, owner Adriane Dianis told CBS2.
Dianis was able to save flowers for the funeral of a friend’s father.
“I get them delivered and tomorrow is another day. We will worry about tomorrow tomorrow,” she said.
In the village, which was founded in 1796, history repeats itself. The very block of businesses burned down to the ground about 40 years ago.
“This is the heart of our village. We are a fantastic community of good companies. We will all work together to make it operational as soon as possible,” said Suffern’s Mayor Michael Curley.
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Editor’s note: This story first appeared on January 12th.