Abandoned Structure Near Fire House Left to Burn

Updated 6 years ago by Tony E. Rutherford, News Editor
Letting it Burn...
Letting it Burn...

Firefighters found themselves preventing the spread of an abandoned building blaze to their former fire alarm building when anwering a call at about 3:15 p.m. Thursday,  Sept. 20.  Located in the 800 block of Ninth Street, just across the railroad tracks from the central fire station, neighbors reported flames at the boarded up two story frame structure. Since the property had been boarded up, firefighters by order go into a defensive posture. They are not allowed to enter the burning building unless there is someone inside.

Flames and smoke were visible from the steps of Huntington City Hall, where a work session of Huntington City Council was about to begin.

Wolfe told council members that a "contain" defensive burn had been initiated. Smoke scent carried throughout most of the downtown business district.

After the fire, the roof of the structure collapsed.

Police and witnesses have said two people were sitting on the back porch when the fire started.


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