Firefighters were hindered by snowed in, and frozen fire hydrants.
This caused them to be unable to fight the fire properly and resulted in a lot of damage.
If it were a wooden home
it would have been gone in the fire.
The house was bought by WHALE in April of 2010 for $237,000. The MA Historical Commission contributed $100,000 to the purchase cost.
It now has a new roof put on at a cost of $48,000.
This new roof does not have the cupolas that were there before the fire as they were not a part of the original architecture and not there when the building was first constructed. They had been added later in the buildings life.
Whale plans to create seven affordable 2 bedroom apartments in the building.
Remember after a snowstorm to shovel around and make accessible the hydrants around your home.
Above text by Roger Chartier and Charles Hauk. Snow pictures submitted by Charles Hauck of New Bedford, others by Roger.