“When a place like this goes down in a neighborhood, part of its history is gone,” Carlos Cesar, president of the Flint Neighborhood Association.

For decades, Flint Hardware was the kind of store where Fall River residents could go to buy a hammer, fertilizer, a single wood screw and a half-cup of parrot food.

“When a place like this goes down in a neighborhood, part of its history is gone,” Carlos Cesar, president of the Flint Neighborhood Association, said Saturday morning as he surveyed the ice-covered ruins of Flint Hardware.

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