Fire At Vacant Jamestown Site Deemed Suspicious

Jamestown firefighters are pictured Thursday on Scott Street. Burning material was found on the second and third floors of a vacant commercial building. P-J photo by Eric Tichy

City firefighters made quick work Thursday of “suspicious” fires discovered on two floors of a vacant commerical building on Jamestown’s east side

Matt Coon, deputy fire chief, said a crew of 10 firefighters and one officer were alerted at 12:30 p.m. to smoke coming from the windows of the second floor at 16 Scott St. — the former Westburgh Electric property.

Inside, Coon said firefighters found “contents burning on the second floor. We also found contents of the building burning on the third floor.”

The brick structure itself did not catch fire Thursday afternoon. “It looks like it’s debris that’s been left in the building is what has been ignited,” said Coon, who estimated that the structure has been vacant for about a decade.

Officers with the Jamestown Police Department as well as city Department of Development personnel responded to the scene. Access was limited near the commercial building.

No one was found inside the structure during a sweep by firefighters; no injuries were reported.

This story will be updated.


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