Hamilton's future after the fire
Fri, 13 Jan 2012 15:53:02 GMT —
The fire marshal has still not announced the cause of last week's fire in Hamilton.
The fire broke out at 2:30 p.m. last Tuesday and displaced eleven families and five businesses.
The January Hamilton fire left many businesses and families displaced leaving some of them unknown about their future.
"Unfortunately for most of the people except for us and Ray Bradley were uninsured. So at this time were not sure about what's going to happen with the debris and rubble," said Mayor Stephen Woodruff.
"You know it's something when you drive down Broadway that it is, you know it's just not there no more," said Lacy Helenthal owner of Lacy's Beauty Salon.
Most of the displaced families from the fire have been relocated to new homes, as for the businesses that's a different story.
"At this point they're still unsure of our building and if they would take that down, it would be almost the whole block so you're talking about two buildings left out of almost eight, so not a very good ratio," said Mayor Woodruff.
Some of the businesses affected by the fire temporarily relocated. Mayor Woodruff owns two of those businesses.
He moved them and his sister's beauty salon, also hit by the fire into an antique shop he owns. Despite having to relocate his sister Helenthal feels lucky.
"You know I know the one guy that was beside us had a business and not only that he has his apartment up there," said Helenthal. "So he lost a place to live and a business and I still got to go home and sleep in a bed at night and have clothes. I can't imagine if anybody else losing all that stuff, so yes I'm very grateful for all that," she said.
The fire has devastated many residents in Hamilton, but Mayor Woodruff hopes to put the past behind them and to look forward into the future.
"We're trying to look real positive as a city and look at what we can do as a city and what kind of things are out there to be more accessible to help us out," said Mayor Woodruff.
Mayor Woodruff said he hopes the city is able to gather some grant money so that they can clean up the debris to possibly sell the land to build a bigger and stronger downtown Hamilton.
(Story by KHQA's Kristen Aguirre.)