The accolades continue to pour in for the Portsmouth Fire Department and their handling of the recent Market Street fire that threatened blocks of historic buildings.
“I have had so many compliments,” Portsmouth City Manager Derek K. Allen said. “I would like to commend the fire department for the job they did on the fire on Market Street. In the meeting’s I’ve had with Main Street Portsmouth, there is two blocks of the street we could never afford to lose. That is really the historical core of our downtown and they did an excellent job to prohibit the fire from spreading and going in and covering up some of the equipment from the salon.”
Allen said he has had numerous people commend the Portsmojuth Fire Department in their quick response to a scene that had the potential to be extremely hazardous.
“I was also down on Market Street early Saturday morning,” First Ward Councilman Kevin W. Johnson said. “I spent more time with the owner of Vanity Hair Company, Nicholas Feight. He was delighted with response of the fire department.”
Third Ward Councilman Kevin E. Johnson said he too wanted to express the same sentiments as the other members of Portsmouth City Council.
“Great job by our fire department,” Kevin E. Johnson said. “Also a great job by the volunteers who put together the fundraisers after this tragic fire and it kind of shows you how our community pulls together in times like these. Again, thank you to our Portsmouth Fire Department.”
Main Street Portsmouth, along with a number of community partners, including the Boneyfiddle Project, organized a benefit to help those most affected by the fire. Joseph Pratt, executive director of MSP said volunteers were at the scene, along with business owners, musicians and artists and Market Street Cafe provided food for everyone involved.
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