City Orders Emergency Demolition Of Downtown Building Ravaged By Fire

JAMESTOWN – City of Jamestown officials ordered the emergency demolition of a downtown building Wednesday that was previously ravaged by fire in 2017.

Demolition crews are scheduled to bring down the structure at 24 North Main St. around 11:30 a.m. Officials said crews will begin in the rear of the building working toward North Main Street.

The one-story structure previously housed the Arcade Shoe Store located between the railroad tracks and the multi-story Arcade building.

In 2017, a massive fire broke out in the building. Much of downtown was closed as several area fire departments battled the blaze.

Jamestown’s Building Inspector recently deemed the site a “imminent public safety threat.”

City officials said as HH Rauh tears down what is left of the structure, drivers on North Main Street can expect a temporary closures of the east sidewalk and street.

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