Apalachicola firefighters drench the last remaining embers of the fire at 62 Chapman Road. [ David Adlerstein | The Times ]
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Blaze destroys Apalachicola ‘she shed’

A late morning fire in Apalachicola on Wednesday, July 3 destroyed a large shed on property not far from Apalachicola Regional Airport.

A newly redone “she shed” next to the home of Teresa and Donald Kaczmarek, at 62 Chapman Road, was completely destroyed by the fire.

“It had antiques, all my paint, every Christmas item I had,” said Teresa. “It had old dishes that I didn’t use, the cabinets were full, my trunk, a tricycle, and his big lawn mower.”

A young man working with Donald on the property first stopped the billowing black smoke, and the Apalachicola Volunteer Fire Department was summoned to put out the blaze.

Teresa said the cause of the fire may have been electrical, since the only appliances were a jewelry cleaning machine that she had plugged into a power strip, and a large fan above where all the cleaners were.

“Nothing else was on except for that one machine,” she said.

Neither the house or a larger shed nearby were harmed by the blaze. The Kaczmareks, both retired from Tennessee, bought the property three years ago.

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Meet the Editor

David Adlerstein, The Apalachicola Times’ digital editor, started with the news outlet in January 2002 as a reporter.

Prior to then, David Adlerstein began as a newspaperman with a small Boston weekly, after graduating magna cum laude from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He later edited the weekly Bellville Times, and as business reporter for the daily Marion Star, both not far from his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

In 1995, he moved to South Florida, and worked as a business reporter and editor of Medical Business newspaper. In Jan. 2002, he began with the Apalachicola Times, first as reporter and later as editor, and in Oct. 2020, also began editing the Port St. Joe Star.

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