Abandoned buildings catch fire in Port Chester, no injuries reported
Officials in Port Chester are investigating what sparked a fire at an abandoned building.
The flames broke out after 10 a.m. Monday at an abandoned building on Main Street and quickly spread to a neighboring building.
The fire shut down roads in a major thoroughfare for the village and caused delays on the nearby Metro-North New Haven line.
The fire has since been contained, and there were no reports of injuries.
"We want to see better buildings on this side of Main Street it's pretty building so we probably can't save it. It's about time for it to come down and build fresh buildings again," says Port Chester Mayor Luis Marino.
The entire block is slated to be torn down and rebuilt into mixed-use development to give the downtown are a facelift and entice people who use the nearby metro north station to commute to work.
"These are all abandoned buildings they were slated for demolition for a construction project so they've been closed down and boarded up," Angelo Sposta/chief engineer, of the Port Chester Fire Department.
People who live or work near the buildings say squatters are often seen at the property
Mayor Marino says the two impacted buildings will likely be condemned Tuesday.