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Repeat Fires in Abandoned Industrial Building

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Fire spreads quickly on Thursday morning in an abandoned industrial building along Erie's eastside, keeping firefighters on the scene for more than two hours. Fire crews received the call at about 10:15am.

Smoke poured from the building, located at East 16th and French Street.

Calls went out to a number of fire departments after an issue with getting water far enough in the building to the douse the flames near the center of the structure.

The building runs one  block in length, and sits along railroad tracks, which forced fire crews to search for a location on the *other side of the tracks--- to put out the fire.

Firefighters discovered two fires in separate locations inside the building, and said that they've been called out to this location multiple times over the years.

"It's a problem with a vacant building, you've got numerous, probably homeless people going inside. Setting the fires for cooking, or maybe just for light," said Jeff Carroll, Deputy Fire Chief of Erie's Fire Department.

"But this ties us up from our mission where somebody might actually need help with a medical emergency or an actual fire in their home. And we're tied up committed to this fire here. It's a shame," Carroll said.

The official cause of the fires is still being investigated. But the building has no electricity or wiring, and the fire chief suspects the fire must have been started by people.

 

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