If we see a developer breaking ground on a multi-million dollar tower in coming days, let’s just say we won’t be surprised. The news about a second fire in the warehouse and the clear and windy weather conditions make it all the more suspicious.
From the Times:
…the department interviewed three warehouse employees, but investigators had not been able to enter the building and were not close to determining the fire’s cause. Marshals were investigating whether the first fire had rekindled or a second fire started independently, and whether the fire had been deliberately set or sparked accidentally.
In Williamsburg, where luxury high-rises have rapidly replaced the old factories and warehouses and residents fear the 11-acre site where the CitiStorage building sits is next, it was not hard to find people who believed the fire’s cause was obvious.
Less than two blocks downwind from the smoldering waterfront, the cafe MatchaBar, on Wythe Avenue, reopened on Sunday; the acrid, ashy smoke had kept it closed the day before. Among the artists, musicians and writers gathered there was Lisa Markuson, 28, a blue-haired poet, who perched by the window with a Smith Corona typewriter, offering free haikus to customers.
Her ode to the fire:
we’re all pretty sure
that this was no accident
smoke clouds our vision
Previously: Massive fire blazes on Kent Avenue