PHOTOS — West Side building destroyed by fire in Port Arthur

Published 12:28 am Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Investigators are working to determine the cause of a fire that destroyed a vacant city-owned building that was tagged for demolition.

The building at 723 Freeman Avenue in Port Arthur, which was 3,600-3,700 square feet in size, was destroyed over the weekend.

The brick walls remained in place Monday, with the exception of areas in the front, while blackened and charred wood and soot covered what remained.

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The Port Arthur Fire Department received the call at about 10:42 a.m. Sunday, Fire Chief Greg Benson said.

The building was on the City of Port Arthur’s list to be demolished. No one was in the structure at the time of the fire.

Despite previous reports alluding to an explosion, Benson said there was no evidence of such.

The fire marshal’s office is conducting the investigation.

Benson said to the best of his understanding the utilities to the building were disconnected.