A large portion of North Washington Street in North Attleboro remains shut down to car traffic five days after a massive fire gutted the old Odd Fellows building. Crews are working to remove the rubble, but the detours wreaking havoc on nearby mom and pop stores.
"It's very hard. Hard for me. Hard for my employees. I have to let some of them take days off they don't really want to take off because I don't have the business to pay them," said Bob Mackie, owner of Mackie's Restaurant.
Only a few patrons sit at Mackie's restaurant for breakfast today... Business down 80% since the fire closed the roadway. Owner Bob Mackie says the money lost each day is quickly adding up. He expects he will take a 10–thousand dollar hit.
Town Market only saw two customers by late morning Tuesday. Normally by that same time dozens would have passed through the doors. Owner Adam Barq says there is hardly anyone on foot and drivers are avoiding the area all together.
"We survive day to day so every day does make a difference," said Barq.
Still, there are those who have it worse. A handful of stores are in the blocked off section. Restaurants like Dragon Garden, and the Alternative Market haven't been able to open at all during the demolition.
There is still for that 4-alarm fire. Crews say since the building was knocked down there's really no way to full investigate what happened. All they can determine is it was accidental.