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Psip
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Posted on Friday, February 03, 2006 - 1:33 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Just saw on WXYZ that the Kosinski Hardware store had burned down.
That was an institution in Hamtramck since the '30s. I think my dad got me my first bike from Kosinskis.
Heres a link with some pix of the fire. Sad to see it go. The report said an alarm company started the fire with a soldering iron. How ironic.
http://hamtramckstar.com/index .php/2006/02/02/what_s_that_sm ell#c4853
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623kraw
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Posted on Friday, February 03, 2006 - 4:05 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I saw the smoke but couldn't get close - the cops had Conant blocked off. There are (2) Kosinski's across the street from each other. Looks like the one on the west side of the street which was, of course, the best one.
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Hamtramck_steve
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Posted on Friday, February 03, 2006 - 8:50 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

What a mess. I hope Ted rebuilds, although he's sort of been itching to do something else since his wife died a few years ago.

The store on the east side of Conant was once Sikora Hardware, another old-school hardware store, that closed up when the owners retired/died.
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Eric_c
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Posted on Friday, February 03, 2006 - 11:35 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

We heard the sirens and saw smoke at Jos. Campau and Casmere, so a buddy and I hopped in a car and followed the smoke.

Sure enough: Kosinski's was blazing. We watched for about twenty minutes as the HFD showered the fire. The smoke was dark brown and acrid, and flames were high above the roof top. Chemicals and paints made it a bear to fight, I'm sure. We left as we heard other trucks coming (presumably Detroit).

When we got back, I climbed up to the rooftop and could see the fire light up the whole area on Conant like a giant orange orb.

Truly sad as we knew Ted here at the store and were happily each others' customers.
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Lowell
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Posted on Friday, February 03, 2006 - 12:52 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Sad. Another one of those great neighbhorhood institutions that gets taken for granted until something like this happens. If if it gets rebuilt / restored, the charming creaky floor character with the patina of age will be lost.

This is the stuff that community is made of, something that reviving areas like downtown have to start from scratch to establish.
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Livernoisyard
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Posted on Friday, February 10, 2006 - 5:43 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

There's still another great old-time hardware store in the New Center. Milwaukee and Woodward - if my memory holds.
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Detourdetroit
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Posted on Friday, February 10, 2006 - 10:11 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Does Detroit have more fires per capita than any place in the country?
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Bobj
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Posted on Friday, February 10, 2006 - 2:52 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

There seems to be a lot of fires, but I don't know how that would compare to other places - I have only lived here.
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Jimaz
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Posted on Friday, February 10, 2006 - 3:06 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Alabama sure is having a lot of church fires lately.

They suspect an arsonist is operating in Phoenix now too, at least one church and several apartment/residential structures were hit.
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Rustic
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Posted on Friday, February 10, 2006 - 4:54 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

"Does Detroit have more fires per capita than any place in the country?" naw it just has a lot of buildings per capita that's all ...
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Revolutionary
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Posted on Friday, February 10, 2006 - 10:27 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Some video of the Kosinski fire:
http://hamtramckstar.com/index .php/2006/02/08/kosinski_hardw are_fire_video
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Naturalsister
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Posted on Friday, February 10, 2006 - 10:56 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Yeah,

Detroit Hardware is awesome!

Sorry about Kosinski's. I had been there as a child. My dad bought many cans of One Shot sign paint from there.

later - naturalsister
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Jeffrey_thomas
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Posted on Sunday, February 12, 2006 - 1:14 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Detroit Hardware is awesome! - check out Bright hardware on michigan and military 1 block east of livernois

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