Updated: Large Fire Rages Through East Side Warehouse [PHOTOS & VIDEO]
A late evening fire on Wednesday has completely destroyed an East Side landmark. Around 10:30 p.m. fire departments were dispatched to the former Pa’s Woodshed building located at 115 Montgomery Street. Within minutes the building was fully involved and began spreading to neighboring structures.
Radio DJ Rich Birdsall from 98.1 The Hawk, who lives on Montgomery Street just yards from the scene, said he smelled smoke in his home and after investigating saw heavy smoke pouring from the vacant warehouse.
Firefighters concentrated their efforts on containing the fire and preventing it from spreading to nearby homes and businesses. Officials say nothing could have been done to save the aging structure.
Records show the building is owned by LCP Group LLC of Vestal.
The cause of the fire is being investigated as well as reports that there were squatters in the building. Firefighters were still working on hotspots as of 2 p.m. Thursday afternoon.
The building was once home to Pa’s Woodshed, a furniture store that opened in the 1970’s and boasted a 24 foot high chair on it’s roof. The chair was once part of the Guinness Book of World Records. Pa’s Woodshed has been closed for decades.
News Radio 1290 will have more details as they become available.