Fire in Kensington early Wednesday morning

You may have heard that a fire broke out in an abandoned warehouse in the Kensington neighborhood early Wednesday morning. It was a space that used by some of the city’s homeless as shelter, and was across the street from the Simple Way Community Center. The Center was destroyed, along with eight other homes on the block. They say that more than 100 people are now homeless and many lost their vehicles as well. The Simple Way folks report that the neighborhood is pulling together, but that there is still much rebuilding and healing to do.

One of our neighbors, the Mahaias Family, lost their three cars as well as the equipment one family member uses for her massage therapy business. Teenager Brian Mahaias is devastated not because he has lost his belongings, but because he fears that this fire will force him to move away from this neighborhood that is his family as well as his home.

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1 Comment so far

  1. MJL (unregistered) on June 21st, 2007 @ 4:05 pm

    I grew up in Kensington, met most of my life long friends in Kensington. This is just a true sign of how the neighboorhood has been neglected by the city. My mother in Law still lives on Potter Street where many homes now lay destroyed. I feel this sorrow inside not just for the families who lost every thing but for the fact that all the beautiful things I remember as a child growing up in Kensington are no longer there any more or available to enjoy by my children.



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