a devastating fire in the middle of the night. The building was vacant and there were no injuries. It had been bought six months earlier by someone who had hoped to restore it to its 1901 grandeur.
A reader reports that the damaged building is again up for sale, for an asking price of $400,000 (originally purchased in May 2013 for $375,000).
A note on its listing says: "Gorgeous historical building. Property needs full rehab and new porch. 3 car garage. Up-and-coming area. Redevelopment throughout neighborhood. Last un-renovated building on the block. There has recently been a fire at this property. Insomuch as seller can not guarantee the safety of anyone entering the property, there will be no showings for this property. The property is being sold as-is condition."
After the fire, many readers expressed the hope that the building would be found to be structurally sound and would be able to be restored. If you know anyone who's willing to take on a fire-damaged vintage building, please steer them to the listing.