OLD CITY (WTXF) - The demolition of a fire-ravaged building in Old City is set to begin. Flames swept through the building on February 18—destroying apartments and businesses in its path.
239 Chestnut was made "imminently dangerous" in the 4-alarm fire. The building will be demolished; however, its cast iron first floor facade will be saved.
What touched off the blaze is "still" under investigation. A spokesperson for the lead federal investigator says Tuesday's work—pulling massive AC units out of 237 Chestnut will allow investigators to finally enter the structures to find a cause.
"Many of our businesses were fully-insured for their contents lost. We're trying to help that they are open for business and people are welcome," Job Itzkowitz, who heads the Old City District, said.
A spokesperson for the city Department of Licenses and Inspections says this work may take "several weeks". Several streets in the area remain closed to traffic.