GRAFTON—Shortly after 7:00 p.m., the Grafton Fire Department was toned out for a working structure fire on West Boyd Street.
Upon arrival to the location specified by the individual who made the call to Harrison/Taylor 911, crew members quickly jumped into action combating the flames from both the interior and exterior of the building.
Crews from Grafton Fire, Fellowsville Volunteer and Flemington Volunteer Fire Departments attacked the fire and were able to have it under control in approximately 25 minutes, according to Grafton Fire Chief Wayne Beall.
“They worked to extinguish hot spots for the next hour or so after the fire was contained,” shared Beall. “Everyone did a great job getting the fire contained and ensuring that there was no fire, smoke or water damage to the nearby buildings.”
He went on to explain that the building, a vacant apartment building that used to house Blen Avon Apartments, will more than likely be considered a total loss, but that it was already in a state of disrepair before the fire occurred.
“The city had given us permission to put it on the demolition list,” shared Beall, who also serves as the Building Inspector for the City of Grafton. “It was set for tear down this year.”
The cause of the fire, which started on the second floor of the structure, is unknown at this time, but has been deemed suspicious in nature because there were no utilities to the building. The State Fire Marshal’s Office is handling the investigation.
The Taylor County Emergency Medical Squad also responded to the scene and was on standby in the event that their services were needed.