When threatened to engulf several neighborhood shops – including the beloved Dada Radice – locals were despondent.
On Wednesday, regulars at the old-time shop reflected on the fast response and heroic efforts of the Port Chester Fire Department, and talked about what the store and its owner mean to them and their neighborhood.
DaDa's owner Daniel "DaDa" Radice was victimized twice in the fire – although his store escaped the brunt of the damage, his home in the rear of the building was soaked through in that day's firefighting efforts.
In Radice's back apartment, water damage has warped the floors, exposed parts of the walls behind plaster, and destroyed many personal belongings. With the help of regular customers and long-time friends, he's putting the pieces back together and taking on the massive clean-up effort.
Two families were displaced by the fire, and Trustee Louis Marino is hoping the community can pull together to help them after they've lost their homes and posessions.
A family of four, with two young children, and a family of five with a baby on the way were both left homeless. Marino said one family has found an apartment – although at a rental price far higher than their previous home – while the second family is still looking for permanent lodging.
Marino and the will hold a fund-raiser and drive for the families on Sunday, March 13, from 9 a.m. to 43 p.m. at the , at 51-53 Grace Church Street.
Toys, books, clothes and monetary contributions will be collected by firefighters to assist the families.
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