MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. – A day after a row of businesses and apartments were destroyed in the heart of Mount Vernon, cleanup continues and the future remains unclear for the popular commercial strip on Gramatan Avenue.
Early on Monday morning, a fire broke out in the basement of Sal’s Deli, where it subsequently spread to several nearby buildings, including residences above the business, leaving several locals out in the cold.
The three-alarm blaze required several hours to be knocked down and controlled, with an assist from departments in Yonkers and Pelham. No injuries were reported, and the Red Cross and Westchester Habitat for Humanity have been busy assisting the 12 displaced residents.
On Tuesday, cleanup crews and interested pedestrians were at the scene of the gutted strip. Firefighters also made another appearance to the strip when a hotspot flared up in the rubble during efforts to begin removing the rubble.
The cause of the fire remains unclear, and it is uncertain what the future holds for the Gramatan strip next to Nelson Mandela High School.
“You’d have to think that it’s going to take years before anything is up and running,” Mount Vernon resident Carl Jones Jr. said while passing by the scene. “And knowing this city, it might be even longer than that.”
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