United Way honors community assistance after Hadley fire

HADLEY, Mass. (WWLP) – On Wednesday in Hadley, the United Way honored a group of people who helped the victims of Hadley’s devastating Route 9 fire back in the fall of 2013.

They are citizens, businesses and community groups.  All of them played a role in helping the many business owners who had their livelihoods burned in that devastating strip mall fire in October of 2013.

They were awarded the Kay Sheehan Spirit of the Community Award. They raised money, gave resources and support to those businesses and residents who were affected.

They told 22News they did what needed to be done for the community.

“It’s exciting. It’s gratifying. To be able to sit at this table with so many individuals who were able to pick themselves up,” Natalie Blais told 22News.

“It really showed me what a community is supposed to be like. It reminds me of my school. We’re like a family and I notice the community out here is like a bigger family,” Binh Nguyen said.

The cause of that fire was never determined, but it started at the Hadley Coin Op Laundromat. Now, where the plaza once stood is just a torn up lot.

A total of about a dozen shops and restaurants were destroyed.

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