New Details on Weekend Fire that Destroyed a Woodshop in Warren County
3 May 2017 News
Warren County Fire and Rescue units were dispatched to a commercial structure fire at 10:21pm Saturday night at 1868 North Royal Ave. The initial call reporting the fire came from an occupant inside of the building working stating there was a chemical fire on the floor of the structure. He then evacuated the building. Allegedly, a family of 3 was living in the building but all escaped without injury.
First units arrived to find a two story stone commercial wood and metal working facility with heavy fire showing from the second floor on the front and rear. The fire quickly took control of the second floor and burned through the roof and soon spread to an adjoining wood storage building. As a result, both structures were completely destroyed.
Firefighting efforts did protect and save an auto repair shop to the east of the building as well as one to the north. After arrival and quick assessment, rapid calls for additional resources came, as well as calls to fill County stations. The Red Cross was called to offer housing and clothing assistance to the occupants living in the building. Many citizens and groups brought refreshments and water to the scene for firefighters.
The cause of this fire is under investigation by the Warren County Fire Marshal’s office with assistance from the Town Police Department, the County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms. There is not a final total on the assessment of damages and losses but it is believed to be in the range of $100,000’s of dollars.