UPDATE: Building deemed "total loss" after fire

Published: Jan. 29, 2019 at 1:21 PM EST
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UPDATE 1/29/19 5:58

The Morgantown Fire Department says a condemned three-story building has been deemed a "total loss" after a fire Tuesday afternoon.

Officials responded to a condemned building at the intersection of Overdale Street and Brockway Avenue around 12:30 p.m. Firefighters were faced with heavy smoke as they discovered the fire on the second floor, extending into the third floor and cockloft area.

According to officials, cold weather and the building's condition made the fire difficult to put out and off-duty units were called in to assist.

The building is owned by the Jones Corporation. Officials say the fire caused an estimated $75,000 in damages.

The Morgantown Fire Department's Fire Marshal's Division is investigating the cause of the fire.

A lane remained closed on Brockway Avenue as crews finished at the scene. It is now reopened.

UPDATE 1/29/19 2:17PM

One lane is open on Brockway Avenue after a fire broke out at a condemned building at the corner of Brockway Ave. and Overdale Street Tuesday afternoon.

According to Morgantown Fire Chief Mark Caravasos, the fire was first reported at around 12:30 p.m. Firefighters endured heavy smoke conditions as they made their way to the inside of the building in order to fight the fire.

No one was hurt.

The cause of the fire is currently unknown. The Morgantown Fire Marshal's office is investigating.


MECCA 911 officials are warning those in Morgantown to stay away from the area of Brockway Avenue and Overdale Street.

Crews are on the scene with an active fire.

5 News has a reporter on the way to the scene.

Stay with 5 News for updates.