Abandoned Pulaski building on fire - WSLS 10 NBC in Roanoke/Lynchburg Va

UPDATE: Fire destroys Pulaski 'Old Frontier' building

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PULASKI, VA -

It took four fire crews and forty sets of hands to put out the blaze on Commerce Street. The remains are still smouldering from the heat.

Todd Garwood, the Pulaski County Fire Marshall says that because the building was abandoned , no one noticed it was on fire until it was too late.

Garwood was actually one of the first to see the building in flames.

H. M. Kidd, a voting member of the Pulaski City Council says that the Old Frontier building was actually scheduled to be on Tuesday nights agenda in regards to what to do with the property.

Kidd says that overtime the building has become an eyesore, and the town has even had problems with squatters taking temporary residence in the buildings.

Garwood says the scene is under investigation, but as of now no origin or cause of the fire is known.

WSLS 10 will continue to keep you updated with the latest.

8:29 p.m.

From WSLS 10's Rachel Lucas

The fire in Pulaski is out.  It took 40 firefighters to put out the flames.

I'm talking with town leaders about what the building was used for, and plans they had in the works to deal with the safety concern it caused.  I'll have an update on WSLS at 11 p.m.

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5:36 p.m.

A large fire is burning near downtown Pulaski.

Photos from WSLS viewer Marcus Taylor show flames shooting 50 feet into the air at the 'Old Frontier Building,' which is part of an Old West attraction near downtown.

Town Manager John Hawley tells WSLS 10's Lindsey Ward that the building is abandoned, and not attached to any other buildings.  He adds that firefighters are asking people to stay away from:

  • Commerce Street
  • Randolph Avenue
  • Valley Street

Additional fire departments have been called to help put out the fire.

 

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