May 9th Post

May 3rd.

Had rain overnight so we did our routine mopping and clean-up.  We are still hoping that everyone shows up on time tomorrow morning for the fire investigation!

May 4th.

HOORAY!  Everyone that was supposed to show up and begin the fire investigation was either early or on time!  We had a total of 17 experts in various fields digging and sifting debris trying to determine where and why the fire started.  They say that they will be finished collecting samples by tomorrow afternoon and, we will be able to finally begin the clean-up of the kitchen and the areas most heavily damaged during the fire.

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         Morning Briefing                              Debris Removal

As debris is removed, every piece is photographed numerous times, tagged or bagged and placed in a specific location!

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Blueprints, sketches, and photos are laid out for reference as the pile of evidence begins to grow.

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May 5th.


The investigators worked until late in the afternoon yesterday but only managed to get a few feet into the southwest corner of the building due to the massive amount of debris standing in their way.  This morning started with interviews of all the firefighters involved on the day of the fire to determine what they saw and heard from the time they arrived and entered the building to when the fire was extinguished.


After the interviews concluded, the digging, cutting, photographing, and labeling continued until, in the afternoon, they had penetrated to the wall of the break room and kitchen office and they decided to move inside those areas to take further samples.

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Very late in the day, they declared that they had all the samples they needed from inside the building and we were cleared to begin clean-up of the areas we had been barred from entering.  Now THAT is PROGRESS!  They secured the samples they had so neatly arranged and labeled outside and told us that an evidence technician would be here Friday to arrange them for transport to the lab.

May 6th.

We begin to remove debris from the floor of the kitchen, back hallway, employee bathroom, break room, and storeroom.  It is a LONG way to the dumpster!  By the time we finish for the day we have managed to clear all debris from every floor except the break room ONE TRASHCAN at a time!  We have really made progress!

May 7th.

We continue to remove debris from the break room and even decide to tear down a few walls.  We are really getting the hang of this demolition thing!  By the end of the day it is starting to look much less like a disaster area and more like a building in need of repair and construction!

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Break room and back store room        Gary standing in kitchen office

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           Back hallway                                      Kitchen area

May 8th. 

We get word that the investigation is OVER!  We are told that we may dispose of the evidence as we see fit!  We waste NO time in cleaning up the outside of the building and, nearly fill the huge dumpster that just arrived yesterday!  Now we are really getting somewhere!  We are SO glad to finally be moving forward.  We did all of this BY HAND this week but, next week:  POWER TOOLS!



    Outside after we removed some debris.

Thanks for stopping by this blog to check on us.  The response has been overwhelming.  We really enjoy keeping you posted.  We want to wish all of the mothers out there the very happiest Mother’s Day and we wish we could be there to celebrate it with you.  We WILL be ready for you next year.


2 Responses to “May 9th Post”

  1. Dwight Franklin Says:

    Do you know where we can find a Little Mexico Anonymous? We are having some serious withdrawals. We need professional help!!!

  2. Jenice Fitts Says:

    We just found the website tonight and the pictures almost made me cry! We have so many memories of Little Mexico while we were in Palestine and after when we would get food MAILED to NY for birthdays! Both of our boys ate their first solid food at Little Mexico. They still LOVE the rice!! Hope you guys are able to build back fast and I hope you had copies of all your recipes safe in another place!
    Hope to visit soon.
    The Fitts
    Skip, Jenice, David & Matt
    Horseheads, NY

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