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Monday, December 21, 2009

Fire in Norwood on 204th Street

Residents of Norwood awoke this morning to sounds, smells and sights of another devastating fire to the local business district and greater community. The FDNY received calls for the fire around 4:30am and by 6:30am over 160 firefighters had responded to subdue the blaze. The fire raged through the building that houses Foodtown and the American Diner, in the heart of the commercial strip on 204th Street. These photos were taken from the hallway of an apartment building on Rochambeau Avenue, images eerily similar to the fire on Halloween that destroyed a building and 12 businesses on Bainbridge Avenue. This fire now leaves two gaping wholes in what was an otherwise vibrant neighborhood commercial corridor.


  1. Lost in all of the debate about the supermarket at the Armory is how much Foodtown had improved in the past year or two. After an extensive renovation and an increase in more natural and healthy products, it was probably the best shopping option in the area and community district.

    Considering the proximity to the Halloween fire on Bainbridge, this is part two of a 1-2 knockout punch for everyday shopping in the neighborhood.

  2. My wife and I were eating at the American Diner just last night, and she was remarking how great it was to be able to walk over and sit down to dinner.

    In fact, the ability to walk down the street to get the daily necessities was one of the things that was most attractive about moving to Norwood!

  3. It's just tragic -- again. Thanks for the comments, which give everyone a sense of how critical these businesses were to the community. We'll have more photos and reporting up on the blog a little later. One thing I'm not sure made it into the reporting on NY1, etc. McKeon Funeral Home was severely damaged by smoke and water. Bill Curran, the owner, has been very involved in local merchant efforts and other community endeavors.

  4. im going to miss foodtown :[

  5. it is october 2, 2010.... still no foodtown, very dissapointed


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