Fire Update

Today mark three weeks since the devastating fire that destroyed two neighboring buildings in our East Hartford neighborhood. Horst Engineering is back up to full speed, but the two businesses at 71 George St. and 79 George St. have been forced to scramble in an attempt to get their operations up and running. Up until Christmas, there had been 24 hour police coverage. Every day, there were investigators and insurance adjusters working on the investigation.

By the end last week, a general contractor who specializes in demolitions where environmental hazards may be present, began work on the 71 George site. The snow had delayed some work, but the process of clearing the rubble is underway. Also last week, I went on the roof of our adjacent 41 Cedar St. plant to inspect the roof and solar panels. The view of the two damaged buildings was amazing. The roofs were collapsed, with steel beams strewn about. The power of fire is amazing.

Fortunately, our roof is virtually unscathed, and the solar panels are fine. The panels and the roof need a good cleaning. They are covered in soot, but we will wait until the demolition of the buildings is complete before we clean up. There is bound to be more dust and grime in the coming months as these buildings come down and (maybe) new ones go up.

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