Fire-damaged property razed

Times Observer photo by Josh Cotton An April structure fire damaged property at 210 East St. The building was demolished on Tuesday.

An apartment building on East St. in Warren recently ravaged by fire is on its way down. Workers were actively demolishing the 210 East St. property on Tuesday.

Terry Williams, the City of Warren’s director of codes, permitting and recreation services, said the cause of the fire was ultimately “undetermined.”

The call went out shortly after 5 a.m. on Monday, April 9.

There were seven occupants and five self-evacuated. The remaining two were rescued by firefighters and extracted from the building through the third story front window.

Those two individuals were taken to Warren General Hospital for medical treatment.

“The rescue is the focus,” Fire Chief Sam Pascuzzi said at the scene in April, detailing how firefighters then fought the fire once the occupants had been evacuated. Pascuzzi said that fire crews initially entered the front door and advanced a line to the second floor but had to pull out due to the severity of the flames. A second attempt, he said, yielded a similar result. From there, crews conducted a “defensive operation” against the fire, which, Pascuzzi said, was focused on the second story to the center and rear of the structure. He said there was an “extensive collapse” in the rear of the building, specifically the roof.