We've had a lot of talk around town about old buildings. First there was ConAgra Foods that decided to uproot their business to move to Chicago. They've been here as long as I can remember. The town tore down old buildings just for ConAgra. Omaha even gave ConAgra tax cuts to stay here. When they talked about moving many people were pissed. Jobs are being cut, the historic buildings were demolished long ago, and we can't have them back.
The guy that owns Omaha Steaks also owned a few historic buildings. The city wanted to buy those buildings to make parking garages. That didn't set well with people around here.
Then a fire happened. Not just a little fire. A big fire. There was a -20 wind chill the night the fire was tackled.
One of the waitstaff at M's Pub smelled gas. No one else could smell it. She ran outside to see if someone was working on anything. Sure enough there was. Those people are more than likely going to have a huge lawsuit! The waitstaff told everyone to get out of the building! Shortly after an explosion occurred. Only a few were injured from glass windows. Thankfully no one died.
I was worried about my brother-in-law who is a firefighter. Years ago he helped put out a different fire in the old Butternut building - also downtown. He was not on duty that night. Firefighters from all stations were called to tackle this fire.
Now M's Pub looks like an ice building. They have thawing machines out there. Other businesses are shut down from water damage. It's like a ghost town in our downtown area. It makes me sad. I think about jobs lost, people loosing their homes above the space, and sadly this building spoke to me; proving that building do in fact speak.
When I went there this weekend instead of people playing music by the cobble stone streets, shoppers going from one shop to the next, it was like a ghost town.
Mica was staring at a bit of history. Remembering when he went to eat at M's Pub.
Someone's apartment; no longer livable.
A historic building left burnt, iced over, and fenced off.
I'm happy no one was hurt, but I'm sad this piece of history is gone.
it's so sad to see old buildings go like that.. a reminder that once you want to visit a place, you should go soon because you never know when they might disappear.
Wow, reminds of James Taylor's fire and rain only yours is fire and ice!
What a sad state of affairs and devastating when you see areas go downhill like that, and wow those people were very lucky to get out of that building like that.
Have a good week and thanks for stopping by :-)
Ai, That's so true.
Teresa, All the water used to put out the fire turned quickly to ice. It was really dangerous outside M's Pub. Firefighters even with their boots on were slipping around. That's part of why they have the area blocked off. That - and a law suit is coming soon I'm sure.
Steve, It's devastating for sure.
That's very sad. The ice and fire make an interesting contrast.
Such a strange look to the building. Fire and ice -- very powerful and sad.
Oh that is so sad, for the building, the community, and everyone involved. Battling fires at this time of year is especially dangerous with all the ice. So glad no one was seriously hurt.
That is so sad! I agree with Ai. If you like a place, best to visit often as you never know when they will be gone.
This is so sad,yes,finally the area and the building looks like a ghost town...
That is sad. The power of fire even in the cold is astonishing to me. Good to hear that no injuries were sustained.
What a loss. It was a great historic building.
Oh, how sad! I hate to see historic buildings lost!
That is sad, but glad to hear everyone got out of the building safely. Thanks for linking up. Have a terrific day!
Wow, what a shame. We've had three fire stories posted on the newspaper's site already this week. :(
I bet it was a mixed feeling to see the old building that you have fond memories of..
Such a loss to a great historic building. Sad!
So sad... but at the same time, pretty cool pictures.
I do have to ask... What is a thawing machine and why is it needed?
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