At approximately 1:05 p.m. on Feb. 28, the Morgantown Fire Department was dispatched to a confirmed structure fire at 619 Brockway Avenue. The initial engine company observed heavy fire and smoke venting from the building and called for a 2nd Alarm response.
Firefighters were able to bring the fire under control in less than 20 minutes. The fire caused significant damage to the lower level apartment. The building was vacant and has been condemned since July 2019, and the lower level apartment was full of garbage and debris. Investigators from the Morgantown Fire Department believe the fire started in a back room of the lower level apartment, and the cause is undetermined at this time.
A witness reported two males and one female exit the building on the Pennsylvania Avenue side and then saw smoke emitting from the building. One of the males got onto a bicycle, and the other male and female ran on foot toward Kingwood Street. All three were carrying large backpacks and dressed in dark clothing. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Morgantown Arson Hotline at 304-225-3586.