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Rebuilding after massive fire in Allentown

By Rosa Duarte, Reporter, RDuarte@wfmz.com
Published On: Aug 23 2013 09:03:44 PM CDT
Updated On: Aug 23 2013 10:29:36 PM CDT

Rebuilding after massive fire in Allentown

ALLENTOWN, Pa. -

A year ago, August 23rd, fire ripped through a city block in Allentown destroying six row homes.

Officials say it all began in the kitchen of 854 North 8th Street when food was left unattended cooking on the stove.

Now one year later, that same house remains untouched and vacant.

However, it's not the same news for the homes on either side.

856 North 8th Street has been completely remodeled and bought by Jessica Ferre and her husband this past May.

Ferre says the 'unroofed' and charred house next door is beginning to cause problems.

“My major concern is the water now, because it's growing through the dry wall and I know in a couple of months it's going to get destroyed” she said.

Ferre showed the water damage she's beginning to see on her walls as well as her back yard which has a perfect view of the destruction and shows clearly where the two homes are connected.

According to the owner of the property on the adjacent side of 854 is also in the process of remodeling but says he too is concerned about the affects the burned house will have on his property.

According to the property assessment records online, the house belongs to a Ramon and Miguelina Tejada whom Ferre and the other property owner say have not appeared.

The city confirms nothing has been done with the property.