Sunday, July 25, 2010
Items missing from the scene of Bayside fire
From Eyewitness News:
A Queens couple who already lost their home in a fire, now says they lost valuable items that were inside.
"It's a mess, a real mess, I have not a toothbrush," said fire victim, George Regoukos.
Regoukos says he doesn't know what he'll do, about all he's lost in the fire.
The roof of his apartment building was smoldering at the time, and dozens of tenants were displaced, but that was only the beginning.
"I don't know what to do, I'm very frustrated," Regoukos said.
Regoukos and others were escorted back into their apartments after the fire, only to find out that some of their most prized possessions were either stolen or trashed.
"All the paintings, the Lalique, the Stueben glass & I had museum pieces, everything just disappeared," Regoukos said.
In Regoukos' case, the family mementos, such as furniture and artwork, were antiques that cannot be replaced, and his lawyer tells us, they're worth a tremendous amount of money.
"We're talking about a quarter of a million dollars. Yes, yes, very substantial, very substantial," said the residents' lawyer, Herbert Waichman.
His lawyer says Regoukos isn't the only one who's lost out.
"Well I have about 10 additional clients that relate similar occurrences to me," Waichman said.
Eyewitness News asked the building's management company, Ciampa in Flushing, for some answers.
The building management company? Heh. You folks are sooooo naive...