BFI sources say witnesses in the area first started smelling smoke around Midnight, Saturday. However the first 911 call wasn’t until hours later when a @nyctaxi driver saw flames rising from 48 E. 7 and pulled over to report it.— 𝐌𝐲𝐥𝐞𝐬 𝐍. 𝐌𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐫 (@MylesMill) December 12, 2020
Saturday, December 12, 2020
Report: Faulty wiring caused fire that destroyed SE corner of 2nd Avenue and 7th Street
the six-alarm fire last Saturday morning that destroyed the Middle Collegiate Church, FDNY officials said yesterday.
An FDNY spokesperson told 1010 WINS that the fire has been deemed "non-suspicious."
The five-story building, which has been demolished, had been vacant since another fire this past Feb. 10. Faulty electrical wiring was also the blame for that three-alarm fire, FDNY officials said.
No. 48, which included retail tenants Via Della Pace and Cafe Mocha, was under renovation this fall.
There were approved work permits dated from Oct. 29 on file with the DOB. According to the permits: "Repairs due to fire; interior non-structural demolition, removal of damaged floor and roof framing, replace damaged floor and wall joists, reconstruct floor and roof joists, reconstruct roof joists, reconstruct roof bulkhead, repair interior stairs ... install new windows, installation of new roof."
The estimated cost of repairs, per the permit: $1.2 million. It was unclear how far along workers were with renovations. In a Facebook post this week, a longtime tenant from one of the building's four rent-controlled units said they were planning on moving back in next summer.
Meanwhile, workers have mostly cleared away the remains of No. 48.
Updated 12:30 p.m.
A detail from Myles N. Miller at NBC 4...