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Castile, N.Y. - One year after fire ripped through town and villages offices, destroying local government offices and a restaurant, Castile has begun to rebuild.
Its hard to believe its been a year already, said Steve Tarbell, Town Supervisor.
On October 2, 2012, nearly two-dozen fire companies responded to North Main Street in Castile in efforts to extinguish the fire. Despite their efforts, what was left of the building had to be demolished.
The building stood for more than 130 years.
Restaurant owners death
Lorraine Qutermous lived in an apartment above the offices and owned a restaurant on the first level.
Family members would not learn of her death until the next day, October 3rd.
We just waited, and waited and waited, and we had to come to terms, everybody had to come to terms, said Connie Dziemian, Qutermous sister-in-law.
Dziemian said Qutermous was a mother of three. A small memorial with photographs and letters rests on and below the fence surrounding the property.
A day after the fire, the Bank of Castile offered office space to town and village leaders to serve as a temporary government office.
Construction on a new shared facility for town and village offices began approximately one month ago, according to Castile Town Supervisor Steve Tarbell.
The building could be complete by February, said to Tarbell.
Paying for it all
Local leaders expect insurance to cover most of the costs of the new facility, but are also awaiting a $400,000 grant from New York State.