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City Structure Destroyed In June 2020 Fire Comes Down

Crews with HH Rauh Contracting are pictured this week at the corner of West Eighth and Cherry streets in Jamestown during the demolition of a multi-family property. The structure was destroyed in a June 2020 fire. P-J photos by Eric Tichy

A multi-family property in Jamestown destroyed by fire nearly a year ago has been demolished.

The structure, located at the corner of West Eighth and Cherry streets, was taken down earlier this week by crews from HH Rauh Contracting. It was gutted in a fire that broke out around 12:25 a.m. June 26, 2020.

At the time, Matthew Coon, Jamestown deputy fire chief, said the fire spread from the back wall up to the second floor and eventually the attic. Firefighters initially made entry to battle the blaze; however, Coon said flames and heat forced crews to exit and focus on an exterior attack.

The fire was under control by about 3 a.m.

An occupant on the first floor unit, which faces West Eighth Street, was not home when the fire broke out. The second family unit, which faces Cherry Street, was not occupied.

The property is pictured in June 2020 after fire broke out in the early morning hours.

Crystal Surdyk, Jamestown director of development, said the city will foot the bill for the demolition. Officials had been trying to locate the owner regarding the status of the property.

“As time went on, the conditions of the property continued to deteriorate,” Surdyk said. “We determined that the property posed a hazard to public health and safety and made the decision to proceed with demolition.”

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