Neighbors, businesses recover after East Burnside Avenue fire

Sunday's fire destroyed several businesses on East Burnside Avenue. (3/25/14)

THE BRONX - Neighbors and business owners are beginning the cleanup process after a fire on Sunday obliterated several businesses on East Burnside Avenue.

As workers throw away debris and rotting food, residents are voicing their opinions about what the next step should be to recuperate from the blaze. Many residents are voicing concerns regarding the fact that many of the now defunct stores offered affordable goods for what is a largely working class and low-income area.

Other neighbors say the fire gives the area an opportunity to add a more varied offering of establishments to move into the strip.

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The owner of a market that was destroyed in the fire says the investigation should be completed by this weekend. He says after that, the city's buildings department will make the decision to repair the stores, or to demolish them for safety reasons.

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