Creegan Building in Steubenville a Total Loss After Fire
The Creegan Company building stood facing Washington Street in downtown Steubenville for decades. It's a total loss Thursday, after it was ravaged by fire on Wednesday night.
The blaze broke out just before 8 p.m. and it took the work of multiple departments to knock down the flames. Steubenville Fire Chief, Carlo Capaldi said the inside of the building fell in on itself, and the flames were contained to the first floor by the early morning hours. They battled the fire with four ladder trucks, a difficult task in bitter cold temperatures.
"The ice is becoming a real problem, everything is icing up, the streets, and the equipment," he said. "You have to be real careful walking around on the ice."
The building was only being used for storage at the time and no injuries were reported. Families in the apartments next door were evacuated and are receiving help from the Red Cross.
Fire crews had to deal with two other structure fires in the Pleasant Heights area of town Wednesday night. Just moments after they arrived on Washington Street, some of the team had to be dispatched to that area. Once those fires were under control, firefighters returned to Creegan's to continue battling the blaze.