Barrington resident reacts to fire: 'Everything is gone'

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Mark Mainella is hoping he can find a few photos left in the ashes of his home at 41 Colonial Ave.

The longtime Barrington resident and his family lost their house in a fire on Friday afternoon, Jan. 10. The blaze destroyed almost everything inside the structure, but Mr. Mainella is hoping he can locate a few pictures once he has been allowed to return to the scene. (Investigators are still trying to determine the cause for the fire.)

“If we can find just some of the photos, the ones of our family, then we scored,” he said. “Losing the photos, that’s really the killer. That’s the stuff you can’t replace. The rest is just things.”

Mr. Mainella, a motivational speaker, was giving a presentation at a high school in Lakeville, Mass. on Friday when the fire broke out. He said his wife was out shopping.

When he arrived at the top of his road at about 4:30 p.m., he saw the fire trucks and emergency vehicles. His son-in-law met him at the top of the street and walked him down Colonial Avenue to what remained of his waterfront home.

Mr. Mainella, who works out of his home, said the fire has impacted his business. He has not been able to receive calls on his business land line. Meanwhile, all his paperwork was also destroyed.

“Thirty-eight years of lecturing — everything is gone,” he said.

Mr. Mainella said he and his wife will be moving temporarily to a home in Warren while they begin the long process of rebuilding. He was also quick to thank the men who battled the blaze and all the people who have offered to help him following the fire.

“People have been coming out of the woodwork, asking ‘How can I help?’” Mr. Mainella said. “It’s been unbelievable.”

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