Allentown OKs $1.25M for Demolition of Warehouse Gutted by Fire - NBC 10 Philadelphia

Allentown OKs $1.25M for Demolition of Warehouse Gutted by Fire

The three-alarm fire started at a warehouse on North 15th Street Sunday night

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    Fire Destroys Vacant Warehouse in Allentown

    Firefighters are still on the scene of a fire that broke out Sunday night in the Lehigh Valley. A warehouse in Allentown caught fire forcing people in the area to stay inside.

    (Published Monday, Oct. 8, 2018)

    What to Know

    • The Allentown City Council has reluctantly approved $1.25 million for the emergency demolition of a warehouse gutted by fire.

    • Officials vowed to use "all legal avenues" to get the money back from the developer who owns the site.

    • The warehouse that it must be demolished before the scene can be safely cleared and fire marshals can investigate.

    A Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, city will spend $1.25 million for the emergency demolition of a privately-owned vacant warehouse gutted by fire this week.

    The Allentown City Council reluctantly approved the expenditure Wednesday. But officials vowed the city will use "all legal avenues" to get the money back from the developer who owns the site.

    The move came after city officials and firefighters said the fire had so badly damaged the warehouse that it must be demolished before the scene can be safely cleared and fire marshals can investigate the cause of the blaze.

    The fire broke out  on North 15th Street Sunday night, sending flames high into the sky and heavy, dark smoke billowing from windows. It was still burning in spots Wednesday night.

    Warehouse Fire in Allentown Continues to Smolder

    [PHI] Warehouse Fire in Allentown Continues to Smolder

    Smoke is still pouring into nearby neighborhoods because of a massive vacant warehouse that caught fire Tuesday evening in Allentown. Firefighters are still working to get the flames and smoke under control, but are having a difficult time with the fourth floor. 

    (Published Monday, Oct. 8, 2018)

    The demolition work should start late Thursday or early Friday.