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Fire a wake-up call for town
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Posted on April 14 2011, 11:56am by Mark Esper in Local News category
Nina Foster hugs Pam Swanson in front of the Adelaide’s Antiques
building on Thursday, April 7, a day after a disastrous fire devastated
that business and the Pride of the West building next door. Foster is
co-owner of the bar. Swanson is co-owqner of the Adelaide’ s Antiques building.
At left are Ken Boden, owner of the Pride of the West building, Greg Swanson,
co-owner of the Adelaide’s Antiques building. Photo by Melanie Bergolc
Silverton emergency response officials say the April 6 fire in downtown Silverton that devastated two historic buildings should be a wake-up call as to how vulnerable the town’s historic downtown is.
Fire and ambulance officials say they plan to contact downtown business owners and ask them to go through a systematic safety inspection.
And fire chief Gilbert Archuleta said the blaze demonstrated how important it is for the Silverton San Juan Volunteer Fire Department to obtain a ladder truck, which could cost $500,000 or more. Such a truck would also need a place for it to be housed.

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