Tisbury House Fire

Tisbury volunteer firefighters extinguished a small fire at a home on Lambert’s Cove Road Monday. The homeowner, Janice Blum, called the fire department when she discovered the fire just after noon.

“When we arrived the house was filled with black smoke,” fire chief John Schilling said. “We couldn’t see through the front door of the house.”

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Fire Destroys a Community Treasure; Corbin-Norton House will be Rebuilt
Mark Alan Lovewell

One of the Island's most historic mansions, the Corbin-Norton house on Ocean Park burned to the ground in the midst of a heavy gale Monday night.

By the time firemen arrived, the house was fully involved, fanned by northeast winds as high as 40 miles per hour. Oak Bluffs fire chief Dennis P. Alley said it took firemen from three towns more than four hours to gain control of the fire and prevent it from spreading into the neighborhood. Mr. Alley said he determined the cause of the fire to be electrical wiring in an outlet behind the wall in the first-floor living room.

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Tisbury Inn Faces Demolition; Water Heater Blamed for Blaze
Mark Alan Lovewell

The owners of the Tisbury Inn plan to demolish the old building early in February, with an eye toward building a new hotel and health center. Susan Goldstein, who with her husband Sherman owns the inn, said yesterday they are talking with local contractors about taking down what remains of the complex, at the head of Main street in Tisbury, which was ruined in a fire that began in the evening of Saturday, Dec. 15.

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Night Fire in Edgartown Leaves Fourteen Brazilians Homeless
Mandy Locke

Night Fire in Edgartown Leaves Fourteen Brazilians Homeless

By MANDY LOCKE

Charred Portuguese prayer books, scalded refrigerators and a few box springs are all that remain of the worldly possessions of 14 Brazilians who had been living in a three-bedroom house in Edgartown.

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Saturday Fire Destroys Sailboat in Harbor; Two Towns Respond
Mark Alan Lovewell
Vineyard Haven harbor was lit up on Saturday evening by a fully involved boat fire. Tisbury firemen and harbor masters from two towns responded to a blaze aboard a 30-foot Catalina sailboat called Tippy Canoe, owned by Tyler Weggel of Port Washington, N.Y.

There were no injuries. The vessel, a total loss, now lies partially submerged, a black shell, in shallow water at the foot of Grove street.

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Bunch of Grapes: Authors Lament Loss
Phyllis Meras

Island writers are expressing sympathy and sadness for the loss, they hope only temporarily, of the Bunch of Grapes Bookstore in Vineyard Haven that was devastated by fire on July 4.

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Fire Long Has Stalked Vineyard Haven
Mark Alan Lovewell

The face of Main street in Vineyard Haven has changed more by the act of fire than any street in any other Island town.

The town is like a Greek mythological phoenix, always turning the negative into the positive, and rebuilding bigger and better than before.

Main street in Vineyard Haven has a history of big fires. The greatest of them was the night of Aug. 10, 1883, when all of the street — 62 buildings — burned to the ground in a span of six hours. Coincidentally it was Illumination Night in Cottage City, now known as Oak Bluffs.

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Bunch of Grapes Owner Vows to Rebuild Beloved Bookstore
Jack Shea

Bookstore owner Jon C. Nelson Jr. said he will rebuild.

“Absolutely. I am committed to rebuilding the Bunch of Grapes,” said Mr. Nelson on Sunday afternoon.

That commitment was one of the few certainties Mr. Nelson had two days after the Fourth of July fire that heavily damaged the landmark Vineyard Haven bookstore.

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Fourth of July Fire Cripples Vineyard Haven Over Holiday; But Town Vows to Rebuild Quickly
Mike Seccombe and Jim Hickey

A disastrous Independence Day fire completely destroyed the Café Moxie restaurant and left the Bunch of Grapes Bookstore badly damaged, shutting down Main street Vineyard Haven for the entire day and leaving the town, its business community and much of the Island in a state of shock at the outset of peak summer season.

But the owner of the Bunch of Grapes Bookstore promised yesterday that it would reopen.

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Breaking News: July 4, 11:45 am - Fourth of July Fire Destroys Café Moxie, Closes Main Street Vineyard Haven
Mike Seccombe

A Fourth of July morning fire destroyed Café Moxie restaurant and severely damaged the Bunch of Grapes bookstore in Main Street Vineyard Haven.

The blaze, the biggest on the Island in years, is believed to have started in the basement of the café shortly after 9 a.m.

Owner Austin Racine was the only person in the café at the time. He said he was in the kitchen when he noticed smoke. He had earlier been in the basement, which is used for storage.

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