New Castle News

November 29, 2012

Vacant house burns on fair property

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — A vacant house about to be torn down burned to the ground early Tuesday morning.

David White, chief of the Hickory Township Volunteer Fire Department, said crews were called to the building at 12:11 a.m. Tuesday. Firefighters remained at the scene — 2474 Harlansburg Road — for about three hours.

“It was fully involved when we arrived,” White said.

He noted the structure, located at the Lawrence County fairgrounds, is owned by the fair board.

“They used to rent it as a residence but it’s been vacant,” he said. “They were starting to dismantle it to tear it down.”

White noted the structure was located near Route 108 and close to power lines.

“There was some disruption in the phone and cable service, but the power lines are all right,” he said.

Now, White said, they are in the process of cleaning up the debris.

He did not offer a value on the building.

The Hickory fire department was assisted by departments from Scott and Shenango townships, Princeton and Volant.