The Aftermath of the Sid Wainer & Son Fire [PHOTOS]
A four-alarm fire broke out overnight around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday morning at Sid Wainer & Son in New Bedford and as of this writing, the investigation continues.
A half-dozen tractor-trailers outside the facility caught fire and eventually the flames traveled to the building's loading dock.
I took a ride over to Sid Wainer & Son with a colleague, WBSM producer Matt Costa, to view the damage.
The complete and total destruction of the vehicles was incredible to see. Tractor-trailers that were once transportation vessels for fine foods were now nothing but a twisted, burnt pile of wreckage.
The fire had scarred the side of the building and smoke had caused internal damage to some food items and produce.
Just last Saturday, the company had held a pop-up food pantry that provided an estimated 2,000 people with fresh produce. Sid Wainer & Son has always been an active supportive member of the New Bedford community and surrounding towns and had even planned another pop-up event on Wednesday, March 25 before the fire.
It seems as though 2020 has been a real test and a trying year for most and with everything that has been going on globally, this was for sure the last thing the company needed.
I'll leave you with one final thought: through the darkest of times, Sid Wainer & Son found the light and couldn't have said it better:
"We were there for you yesterday, we are here for you today and tomorrow will not be any different."
As a community, we need to be there for each other and that's the important principle that the company has instilled in us all.