Valuables returned to Jay St. business owner 18 days after fire

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Officials say Jackson Demolition Services has retrieved jewelry store owner, Benjamin Morales’s safe from the apartments that burnt down on Jay St.

NEWS10ABC saw Benjamin watching and waiting every day at the site of the fatal fire and subsequent demolition. He says he lacked insurance to cover his losses because he could not afford the high price of insuring precious metals. His Esmerelda Jewelry store was located in the lower level of 102 Jay Street which was damaged in the fatal fire which began inside the neighboring 104 Jay Street apartment building.

Benjamin says the only way he could recover financially would be to salvage a safe inside his business which contained his most valuable items. So, 18 days after the fire, contractors were able to finally reach the safe under a mountain of rubble and return it to Benjamin.

The safe, crushed

The safe itself was crushed; however its contents were miraculously undisturbed.

His daughter is publicly thanking Jackson Demolition Services and all the other contractors who helped her father. She said Wednesday is the first day she saw her dad smile since the devastation.

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