Fire destroys vacant building

By JENNIFER COHRON, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 2/8/18

Jasper Fire Chief David Clark was injured while battling a blaze at a vacant building Tuesday night.

Clark was treated for injuries at the scene by paramedics after a board came loose and struck him in the face, Assistant Fire Chief Alan Clark confirmed Wednesday afternoon.

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Fire destroys vacant building

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Jasper Fire Chief David Clark was injured while battling a blaze at a vacant building Tuesday night.

Clark was treated for injuries at the scene by paramedics after a board came loose and struck him in the face, Assistant Fire Chief Alan Clark confirmed Wednesday afternoon.

David Clark remained on scene Tuesday night and returned to work on Wednesday.

“He had some numbness on his face from where a nerve was hit, but he’s going to be fine,” Alan Clark said.

Flames were already coming through the roof of the building on Delaware Avenue when Jasper Fire and Rescue was called to the scene at approximately 11 p.m. Tuesday.

The building was formerly occupied by Cain’s Sales. It had been vacant for a number of years.

The cause of the fire is undetermined, according to Alan Clark, who said firemen went back into service at about 5 a.m.

Alan Clark said the individual who watched the building for the property owner had boarded up windows and taken other steps to secure the structure, but trespassers found a way in on several occasions.

“They’ve had people in and out of there before, and it was suspected that some of them had made fires, possibly to keep warm,” Alan Clark said.

Arson is not suspected at this time, though the investigation remains open.