Front Street fire debris to be removed this week

The Front Street fire in Georgetown took out seven buildings, including people's homes and businesses, and six months later the debris looks as though it hasn't been touched.

Mayor Jack Scoville explains one reason why.

"Some of these people have lost everything that they had and we don't think it's right to push them too hard," said Scoville.

Scoville says small amounts of asbestos were found in the debris, and that slowed down the cleanup process, too.

He expects the debris to be cleared by property owners by Friday.

"As I understand it, they're going to have some big pieces of equipment that can move a lot of debris in a hurry," said Scoville.

John Walters lost his home and dog Jake in the fire on September 25.

"The first day after the fire I was crying, and cried all day because my dog died," said Walters.

Walters, who's also an artist, now lives two blocks away from his old home, and has started selling his paintings once again.

"This is an issue that's been thrown on you, it's difficult, but it's not the end of the world. You still got to wake up and put on your happy face," said Walters.

As for the property owners, Mayor Scoville says he hopes they'll rebuild as soon as possible, but he knows it won't be an easy task.

"So it's going to be really tricky to work out. How do you get financing for buildings, and what can you put there that's going to be economically feasible?" said Scoville.

The cause of the fire is officially listed as "undetermined."