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Stamford mourns lost of Rexmere building

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - The Stamford community lost a piece of its history today when the Rexmere building burned to the ground.

The seven-story building in Delaware County was a hotel for years, then became an education center. The building, which was more than a century old, was on the market for sale.

Multiple pictures of the fire were circulating on social media. A fire chief for one of the responding departments says the flames started on the first floor, then climbed the walls and consumed the rest of the building. Within 10 to 15 minutes, the entire building was fully involved.

The size of the building -- 49,000 square feet -- made it difficult for firefighters to battle. Now all that's left is rubble.

The cause is still under investigation and because of the size and cost of the building, state officials are being called to help. The Daily Star reports that a deal was in the works with a potential buyer. They report the asking price was around $600,000 and the would-be purchaser was someone involved in the art world.

One fire chief putting out the flames grew up going to Rexmere and is sad to see it go.

"It's definitely a shame," said AJ Vamosy. "Growing up as a kid here, we used to have our fireworks here and there's a lot of history to this building. It's just gone now."

No one was injured in the fire.

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