Auction set for house where mother, daughter perished in fire
Updated 7:33 am, Friday, July 10, 2015
Ruth Guglielmoni remembers she was watching television around 1:30 a.m. when she heard fire trucks roar down Crane Street. She stepped out onto the porch and saw flames shooting higher than the tree tops, just one house away.
Chaisce Miscioscia and her husband moved to Crane Street after the night of that deadly fire, but she knows the story of what happened March 10, 2014, at 135 Crane St., right next door.
Maureen Gerrity, 47, and her 19-year-old disabled daughter, Katherine Rose O’Neill, perished in the intense blaze that swept through their small Cape. Since then, the fire-damaged structure has remained vacant, its windows boarded up and black scorch marks defacing the exterior. Hedges at the front of the property now obscure views of the house from the street.
On Sunday, the sad legacy of the property could change as it goes up for auction.
“We’re glad to see it go,” Miscioscia said, adding that neighbors hope whoever does buy the house, “puts their heart into it, and makes the neighborhood better.”
Guglielmoni agrees. “It takes the neighborhood down,” she said of the home in its derelict condition.
The auction is being handled by Fairfield Auction Gallery of Monroe. The Crane Street property will be sold preceding the regularly scheduled estate auction, which begins at 11 a.m. at the gallery, 707 Main St. in Monroe.
“This will turn a page for the family and neighbors who have been living with this reminder of that tragic evening for the past year,” said auctioneer Rosie DeStories. The house is being sold as is, as a tear-down, and DeStories said it is expected that a new house will be built “in short order.”
The minimum bid for the 0.11-acre property is $99,000. According to the town Assessor’s records, the land is appraised at $211,600 and the Cape, which was left uninhabitable after the fire, is appraised at $10,100.
For information on the auction requirements, visit www.fairfieldauction.com