NEW CASTLE — Fire ravaged a two-story building in downtown Eastbrook on Tuesday and temporarily closed a section of Route 168.
The blaze, at 2397 Eastbrook Road, was called in to 911 around 1:15 p.m.
The fire departments of Neshannock, Slippery Rock, Scott, Shenango and Hickory townships and New Wilmington and Volant Boroughs and Portersville assisted at the scene.
All of the occupants got out of the buidling safely and no injuries were reported.
The firemen also worked at saving the neighboring house, but the neighbor’s garage was destroyed. Both houses had heat damage.
Resident Fred Rowan and his mother were sitting out back when the fire started, and were alerted by the neighbor who had seen the flames.
Attempts to reach Hickory fire chief David White were unsuccessful yesterday afternoon because he was busy at the fire, and he was called to another incident on Moffatt Road in the evening where a car sheared off a gas line. No further fire details were available.
The building had nostalgic and historic significance to 75-year-old Bill Warnick of Hookstown, Beaver County.
He said yesterday that he grew up in the three-bedroom apartment over the garage and lived there with his parents, Anna and Ted Warnick, for 20 years, from when he was a year old.
The garage was built in 1925, and his family lived upstairs from 1939 until 1959, he said. His father operated an auto mechanic business in the garage below with Clyde McKee, who was his partner.
“I have good memories about the place,” he said.