On December 14, 2007 an eight alarm fire consumed the Lorraine apartments along with Temple Ahavat Achim. Also the tragic loss of apartment resident Robert Taylor after an heroic effort to save him by the Gloucester police and fire departments. The aftermath resulted in an outpouring of help for the homeless victims. Residents and buisnesses opened their hearts and wallets in an incredable effort to re-establish new homes for the displaced. While funds to rebuild the Temple came from not only the community but also far and wide. Next door to the Temple is the Sawyer Free Library, through the efforts of the firefighters the library was saved!
Some of these images which I haven't posted before were lost when my computer crashed a few months ago. Luckily I was able to find them.
About 20 minutes after the first call of fire came in!
Atop the ladder!
Fire threatens Temple!
Burning deck lands on Temple!
Grabbing a tool!
Rockport and Gloucester firefighters atop ladder truck!
Manning the nozzle!
A loosing battle!
Temple charged with fire ready to go!
Top two floors collapsed!
Central Fire Headquarters so close!
Fire behind the library!
A view from City Hall as the snow flies off roofs!
It's not "soda" and not "pop" or even "soda pop" it's "tonic"!
It's a "rotary" not a "roundabout"!
"Going up the line" is a term used when leaving the island!
A "jigga"is a homemade powerless go-cart!
It's not "Break Time or Coffee Break" it's "Mug-up"!
It's not a "water fountain" it's a "Bubbla"!