Pamela Baez vows to rebuild fire-ravaged grocery store in Morrisania

It’s expected that the entire building on East 163rd Street will have to be torn down. (3/7/14)

THE BRONX - The owner of a longtime neighborhood corner store in Morrisania is vowing to rebuild after a devastating fire.

Pamela Baez says her family has owned Pamela Deli and Grocery for more than 30 years, but that history was completely destroyed by a three-alarm fire Thursday afternoon.

Baez says that five minutes after she left her store to go home, she got a call that a fire had broken out. She says all she could think about was her daughter and customers who were inside when the fire began.

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Everyone was able to make it out safely.

A vacate order has been posted on the charred exterior of the building, located at 781 E.163rd St.

It's expected that the building, which included a tax business on the second floor, will have to be torn down.

Baez says she plans to rebuild in the same spot.

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