As many as twenty people were left homeless by the fire that swept through a residential apartment complex in downtown Meadville Tuesday night. A State Police fire marshal has ruled the cause of the blaze “undetermined.”
And, reports indicate that city officials are preparing today (Thurs.) to demolish the remnants of the three-story structure to avoid a risk to public safety.
The fire broke out shortly before 6:00 PM Tuesday at the corner of Chestnut and Liberty Streets in Meadville. Ten fire companies responded, and many were on the scene well into the night. Other reports indicate city firefighters returned to the scene twice early Wednesday morning after the blaze rekindled. One firefighter was treated for unspecified injuries.
KQW has been told that nine of the thirteen apartments in the building had been occupied, and the Meadville YMCA and a city motel provided lodgings for the residents due to the sub-freezing temperatures that still covered the area. No injuries were reported among the residents of the complex.
An investigation was underway to try to determine the cause of the fire. Meanwhile, city residents battled icy streets Wednesday from the rapidly freezing water that made its way toward the Meadville “Diamond.”