December 16, 2013
The Sunday-morning fire at the Charlottesville Parks and Recreation offices on Water Street has destroyed the building. And as the fire was put out, it wasn't long before they began bulldozing the site. Which has led a lot of people to ask, why would they tear down the building so fast?
City Fire Battalion Chief Rich Jones says it always comes down to safety when they make that decision.
“It doesn't come to us very easy to say we want to tear a building down, we'd like to avoid that at all costs because we know it does get very costly..but the structural integrity, the fact that it could have been rekindled because we couldn't get to a lot of the hidden fires...that could cause a safety issue.”
There was a large amount of debris and the collapse, it was nearly impossible for them to come to an exact cause of the fire. The employees that worked in that building have been relocated.
The good news for shoppers and vendors is that the city market will still be held this weekend. City officials will have to move forward with figuring out what to do with the employees displaced by the fire, and how this could effect and future plans for the City Market.
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