PARKERSBURG — A hearth was set Wednesday in a vacant home the City Renewal Authority voted the night time earlier than to accumulate by eminent area, Parkersburg Fireplace Chief Jason Matthews mentioned.
Firefighters had been known as to 1300 14th St. at 12:13 p.m. Wednesday. They arrived three minutes later and had the hearth underneath management inside 10 minutes, Matthews mentioned.
The hearth was the twenty ninth this 12 months at a vacant construction within the metropolis. Some have been attributed to accidents ensuing from cooking or heating fires began by folks taking shelter inside, however the burn sample on Wednesday indicated some kind of accelerant was used to set the hearth, Matthews mentioned. Samples had been taken to find out if that was the case.
“It does seem it was set,” Matthews mentioned. “It positively seems that one thing was poured.”
The hearth was contained to a single room in the home. Many of the home windows had been damaged out, however that occurred a couple of 12 months in the past after the home grew to become vacant, mentioned a neighbor on Ramsey Avenue, who declined to present her identify.
She mentioned she’s been involved about suspicious exercise on the home for some time.
“They’re out and in of there on a regular basis,” the neighbor mentioned.
Matthews mentioned police try to find an individual of curiosity who stayed on the home periodically.
The one-story home is one in all 5 properties the URA, consisting of all members of Metropolis Council, voted to accumulate by way of eminent area at their assembly Tuesday. All had been permitted on 6-0 votes, with three members absent.
The second acquisition permitted was of 1304 14th St., two homes down. Councilman Jeff Fox requested if there had been any inquiries in regards to the metropolis additionally buying the property in between, however Improvement Director Rickie Yeager mentioned it had not come earlier than the Constructing Enforcement Company. He really helpful the URA maintain the 14th Avenue properties in case the opposite property grew to become out there sooner or later.
Councilman J.R. Carpenter famous a building firm owns a number of properties round one other of the heaps, 802 Virginia Ave., and requested if they’d been approached about buying it as an alternative of the town. Metropolis Legal professional Joe Santer mentioned one other purchaser would have problem buying it due to title points that the eminent area course of might clear.
All 5 of the properties permitted for eminent area Tuesday had liens on them or title points that made them tough to accumulate in any other case, Yeager mentioned. The opposite properties had been a home at 1316 Oak St. and two residences at 1113 Hillcrest St.
The URA additionally voted 6-0 to buy three parcels at 202 Pickering St. for an appraised truthful market worth of $15,000 from the proprietor.
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