Electrical Issue Determined As Root of Downtown Erie Fire
A fire inspector is working to figure out what started a smoky fire beneath some businesses and apartments in downtown Erie.
An electrical issue is the cause of a fire that has impacted two businesses along State Street in Downtown Erie.
The Cricket Wireless location remains closed after a fire in the storefront next door, late Wednesday night.
Chief Erie Fire Inspector John Widomski says an electrical issue is what sparked it all.
A report of smoke coming from the baseboards at the new "Room 33" Speakeasy Bar at 10th and State Streets, led investigators to the basement of the empty storefront. Widomski says the fire had burnt through the wood flooring and he found wires shorted together.
That same building also houses apartments and the Cricket Wireless store. One firefighter taken to the hospital after hitting his head on a low clearance. ###