A fire destroyed most of a vacant furniture store Tuesday night. No injuries were reported.
More than 85 firefighters battled the blaze for almost two hours at the vacant Hoover Furniture Store in the 400 block of W. Central Ave. before it was brought under control.
Initially, dispatchers received reports that homeless people were trapped inside the two-story building, but no one was found. Firefighters were still on the scene Wednesday morning.
The fire call came in about 10 p.m. Tuesday. Firefighters arrived to find the building in flames, Battalion Chief Richard Harrison said in a news release Wednesday morning.
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“As structural stability deteriorated and heat conditions increased, fire personnel were forced to withdraw from the structure and assume a defensive, exterior operation,” Harrison said.
The blaze was under control by 11:30 p.m. Tuesday.
“It appears the business has been vacant for some time, but neighbors report transient citizens have occasionally used the building for shelter,” Harrison said.
Cause of the fire was under investigation.
Damage estimates were not available Wednesday morning.
“The building is an L-shape and one part of it was destroyed while another section of it had heavy damage,” Harrison said.