Abandoned railroad building catches fire

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Flames consumed the roof of an old railroad building in Portsmouth Tuesday night.

Around 7:15 p.m., crews were dispatched to South Constitution Avenue and High Street for a one-alarm commercial fire, according to Chief Hoffler with the Portsmouth Fire Department.

The fire was inside the Old Seaboard railroad building, which has been abandoned for nearly 20 years. It’s a concrete building with a wooden roof, and Hoffler said the flames burned through the roof and support beam.

Firefighters were not sent inside the structure because there is no property to save, and Hoffler said it is not worth the risk.

The building is in a no water area, so crews had to run a large supply line to the scene.

No one was injured.

Fire marshals have been called to investigate the cause of the fire.

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