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.

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.

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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