Re: Jefferson Elementary11/06/07
posted by John Martini
Not so sure about that version of the fire, Louise. According to George Whitney, Jr., it was the demolition company who set the fire not his family.
By his timetable, the Whitneys didn't even own the property at the time of the 1966 fire. The structure had been sold many months before to the developers who were planning to build condos on the former Baths' site. George Jr. stated the fire was just their "convenient" way of hastening the demolition.
But the part about everything having been removed is correct. Demolition had been going on for a couple of weeks by the time the fire finished the job.