Fire damages historic house in Sharon

The home was vacant but was one of the West Hill historic homes

Crews work to control fire on Irvine Street in Sharon, Pa.

SHARON, Pa. (WKBN) – A historic house in Sharon was damaged Thursday morning by a fire.

The fire broke out just after 8 a.m. at the house on Irvine Street.

Heavy smoke and flames could be seen for miles.

The house was vacant but was one of the West Hill historic homes. The house was built in 1910 by Hugh Jones, an insurance real estate mogul, and was part of “Millionaires Row.”

“This particular home a Georgian neo-colonial architecture and a very important home. Very sad to lose it this morning,” said Brian Kepple, with the Sharon Historical Society.

Kepple said the house was in poor shape but there were people interested in restoring the property.

“It would have taken a complete renovation to restore it, but as you can see from the pillars in the front, it had some outstanding character,” Kepple said.

Several fire departments were called in and crews worked for hours to put the flames out.

“Unfortunately, it’s destroyed now,” said Sharon Fire Chief Robert Fiscus. “Our police department, along with Pennsylvania State Police and the fire department will start to piece together and try to figure out what happened, and then at some point, it’ll need to be demolished.”

Fiscus said he recently had a report from neighbors that someone was seen inside the house.

The Pennsylvania State Fire Marshal was on the scene Wednesday and should be able to determine a cause in the next few days.



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