CAMPBELL, Ohio (WKBN) – Firefighters responded to the scene of a vacant apartment fire in Campbell Sunday.
The call came in around 2:30 p.m. for the structure in the 100 block of Chambers Street.
When firefighters got to the scene, there was a heavy fire on the first and second floors, coming out of the windows.
“These are blocked buildings, so it’s very difficult to try to access both floors and try to get to the other side. Plus, the basements are blocked too,” said Campbell Fire Chief Steve Dubic.
Campbell’s fire department called Coitsville’s fire department for extra assistance.
The building was originally built to house local steelworkers so they could live close to their mills.
According to Dubic, the city has been trying to get these apartments torn down, so the one that caught on fire might just be demolished. He also said no utilities were hooked up to it. Dubic believes the fire may have been an arson.
However, it could be some time before the building can be demolished.
While investigators continue talking with neighbors, city leaders will be looking for money needed to tear the building down as well as others like it nearby.