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2015-03-03 / News

Fire In Hancock Destroys Two Businesses

Scott J. Payne
Staff Writer

Burned ruins are all that remain of Little Italy II and Uptown Hair Salon in Hancock. The building's owner, Andrew Grigoli, said he will rebuild. Burned ruins are all that remain of Little Italy II and Uptown Hair Salon in Hancock. The building's owner, Andrew Grigoli, said he will rebuild. HANCOCK — A seven alarm fire destroyed two village of Hancock businesses early Sunday morning. Little Italy II and Uptown Hair Salon shared one building at 43 West Main Street.

Hancock Mayor John Martin said, “The fire is definitely devastating to the community. They have been great people to serve here.” Martin said the fire departments did an outstanding job and that the other buildings were kept safe. “I am very excited to hear that they are going to rebuild,” he said.

Hancock Fire Chief Tom Rosengrant said fire crews from Hancock, Deposit, East Branch, Walton, Trout Creek, Windsor, West Windsor and Harpursville all helped in fighting the flames until about 9 a.m. “When I got there, the fire had been going for about 10 or 15 minutes and the smoke was rolling pretty good,” Rosengrant said. He said there are four adjacent buildings and there was no damage to any of them. “In fact,” he said, “there was still snow on the roof of the building right next to it.” He said the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The owner of the building, Andrew Grigoli, said he can’t wait to clean it up and open for business. “I wish I could have it torn down, taken away and rebuilt this week. I would like to open my eyes and ‘boom,’ it’s done,” he said. “But we have to wait.” Grigoli said his business is not going anywhere. “That’s for sure, I don’t walk away from something like this,” he said.

Grigoli said he has been impressed with the outpouring of support from the community since the fire. “I have gotten a lot of phone calls, texts, emails from quite a few people and some of them I don’t even know and they are saying words to pick me up,” he said. He added that both the town and village of Hancock have been, “absolutely awesome, awesome, awesome.” He continued to say, “That’s what I love about small towns like this. When there is a disaster, everyone just comes together to help.” Rosengrant echoed Grigoli’s words, “The Hancock House, the Circle E Diner both brought coffee down to the firefighters. A lot of the community came out to help,” he said.

As to the cause of the fire, Grigoli said he hoped to hear something from investigators by the end of the week. “We have insurance, so we just need to wait on that whole process right now,” he said.

Grigoli concluded by saying, “I am 33 years old, I have six employees that definitely need a job. We have been here since 1997 and we definitely aren’t going anywhere.”

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