Owner say’s he will rebuild store
By Sara Brown
The Revere landmark Sozio’s Home Furnishings & Appliances on Squire Road was destroyed on Saturday night after a five alarm fire demolished the building.
The Revere fire department was called to the scene at 61 Squire Rd. a little after 4:00 p.m. with fire ravaging through the store. According to fire officials, the cause of the fire is still being determined.
When fire fighters arrived at the scene they encountered flames and heavy smoke, which could be seen from Boston and as far north as Lynnfield, was bursting out of the right side of the building.
Chelsea, Everett, and Malden responded to aid Revere to fight the five-alarm fire.
The fire department said two firefighters sustained minor injuries. During the fire, firefighters from Revere Engine 3 became disoriented in the burning building and were worried about running low on air so a “May Day” call was made. The three firefighters made it out safely, according to RFD Chief Chris Bright, although two sustained minor injuries. The fire raged for more than six hours into the next day as fire fighters stayed on scene to take down any hot spots.
Firefighters were working to 10 p.m. to clear out hot spots in order to ensure the building was safe and investigators can go inside. Both local and state investigators have now been to the scene.
According to the fire department, the owner’s wife was inside the store at the time of the fire, but was able to escape with no injuries.
Sozio’s has been standing on Route 60 for decades. Sozio’s owner Chuck Sozio, 91, opened the Revere store in 1945 as a Frigidaire dealer and expanded his showrooms to Cambridge, Danvers, and Neponset Circle in Dorchester becoming known as the leading retailer in 1950’s collectibles of ‘50’s and ‘60’s retro and vintage furniture and appliances.
His Revere showroom was literally a museum of vintage furniture which drew many customers throughout New England, but mostly, from the local area for his appliances.
“It’s going to be weird to not see it there anymore,” Revere resident Carl Lawrence said. “It’s sad to see it destroyed like this.”
Lawrence said he hopes that Sozio’s finds a way to rebuild.
“It’s a part of this city’s history,” he said. “It would be a shame for it to end this way.”
Sozio has said that he wants to rebuild and hopes to reopen the Revere store. Sozio stated that he’s still doing business in Revere since one building, a warehouse, and delivery trucks were saved from the blaze.
The State Fire Marshal and local officials remained on the scene as of Wednesday sifting through the ashes. Damages have been estimated to be between $4 to $5 million. Furniture, appliances, vehicles and building materials are all that remain from the blaze. The cause of the fire is still unknown.