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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Wednesday Night Fire At Canoe Place Inn Was Arson


Matt Thompson snapped this photo Wednesday night as Star Hose Co. volunteer firefighters attack a small arson fire in a storage room at the Canoe Place Inn at Main & Arnold in Port Allegany. Lights in the background are from the silo at St. Gobain Glass on Glass Place.

The Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal at the Ridgway station, Port Allegany Borough Police Department, and the Port Allegany Fire Department investigated the origin and cause of a structure fire that damaged the Canoe Place Inn in Port Allegany Wednesday night.

The building and property are owned by Sheetz, Inc., of Altoona, PA, and will be torn down soon to make room for a new Sheetz store.

In a faxed report from the Fire Marshal, Trooper Agosti, of the Ridgway PSP Station reports that unknown actor(s) entered the building and ignited cardboard and miscellaneous materials.

Early detection and quick action by Star Hose Co. volunteers contained the fire to a storage room. There were no injuries. No damage estimate was available.

Anyone with any information regarding the fire is asked to contact the Port Allegany Borough Police Department.


Anonymous said...

Probably nobody is sadder than sheets that it didn't burn to the ground...

Anonymous said...

ya thanks to the a.. that makeing sheets move the a..

Anonymous said...

No one made Sheets move they needed more room. An to be more modern up to date store.

Anonymous said...

Maybe they are tired of all the junk that is around Sheetz!!!

Anonymous said...

What a shame to lose this 100 year old piece of Port history.

Mr Sarcastic said...

Yeah...they need more room so they can sell beer. Stan Sheets wants to make more thing you know they will be taking on Walmart.

Anonymous said...

Nobody has mentioned the swift response of the fire department. You guys did an awesome job, this could have spread to more buildings and people could have been hurt. Kudos Port Allegany fire department!

Anonymous said...

Yes...good job PAFD...I swear your response time has to be the quickest around.
Now what the hell is wrong with people...Arson... really...just sad!

Anonymous said...

they should do something about the building before have another fire like salamanca had. Port has way too many little punks running around late @ night for this not too happen.Thumbs up to star hose co..All that pactice paid off!!!

Anonymous said...

all and all its sad that The Canoe Place Inn is in this situation anyway....greed what you call it ...lets just sell the whole town to outsiders and be done with the American could have been saved years back ..BUT NO...its horrible to see the demolition of a once proud estabishment.. now this makes The Mid Town Bar the last oldest original business left....THANK-YOU LYNN FARBER

Anonymous said...

alot of people agree with you whole is sad to see the canoe place like this,,,.hope some people can sleep at nite, what a shame.

Anonymous said...

Changes Come wether we like it or not !! The ones that did not want the Dollar Store in town,they are there shopping !!!! There are way too many young teens hanging the streets & they need to be careful as the one blogger has already mentioned, we hope & paray we do not have a fire like Salamanca just did....

Anonymous said...

Two comments:
Praise to the PAFD for their quick response and for all they do for us (like pumping out flooded basements;)

Secondly, I agree with a previous poster...there are WAY too many ignorant punks running around the streets of Port A. at all hours of the night. Lock 'em up, or make them do community service. It's certainly one of these little dopers that set this fire.