JAMESTOWN – A house destroyed by fire Monday morning on Spring Street in Jamestown is slated to be torn down today.
The Jamestown Fire Department was called to 614 Spring St. just before 6:45 a.m.
Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist, who was at the scene helping coordinate city resources, says in order to put out the fire crews have to demolish the structure.
“We have these beautiful homes in the city and sometimes when they go up in flames they are not only difficult to control, but they have to be removed from the city, they have to be demolished,” explained Mayor Sundquist. “It is sad to see, it is right next to a beautiful church, the AME Blackwell Chapel, luckily that hasn’t been damaged in any way besides some smoke.”
Crews dealt with slick roads and bitter cold temperatures as they fought the fire. Sundquist says the city department of public works brought in sand and salt to help treat the brick roadway.
A woman who lives across the street says she woke up to the sound of glass breaking and a man screaming for help.
“I heard a bang and somebody saying help me, I thought it was them just arguing, and I happen to hear glass breaking and ran out to my door and looked out,” said Julie DeJesus-Rodriguez. “I grabbed my phone and called 911.”
DeJesus-Rodriguez says four years ago she was victim to a house fire just blocks away from where she lives. She says reliving the experience was difficult.
“It is very scary,” explained DeJesus-Rodriguez. “Thank god everybody got out safe.”
Officials say the man made it out of the house before the fire spread and no injuries were reported as a result of the fire.