Fire destroys abandoned Rome Cable building

Firefighters battle terrain, call in water tanker to extinguish flames

Published Apr 19, 2017 at 12:00pm

An old, abandoned Rome Cable building in the woods off South Jay Street went up in flames Tuesday afternoon, according to Rome Fire Department officials.

The building is a total loss; and fire officials said they had a difficult time reaching the old building.

“It’s overgrown brush,” said Deputy Fire Chief Thomas Palinski. “We kind of had to cut our way in because of the trees.”

A resident in the 400 block of S. Jay St. is believed to have called 9-1-1 at about 6:40 p.m. Tuesday after spotting a thick column of smoke rising up from the woods, officials said.

Fire crews responded quickly and found the burning building about half-a-mile back into the overgrowth, officials said.

“It was way back in there,” Palinski stated. There were several old Rome Cable buildings in the woods, but only one was
burning, the deputy chief said.

The chief said the firefighters trained two hose lines on the building and knocked down the flames in about 20 minutes.

The fire spread to some of the overgrown brush around the building, and that was doused as well.

A larger brush fire “was the major concern,” Palinski said, but firefighters knocked it down before the flames could spread further.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, the chief stated.

No one was injured. The Lee Center Volunteer Fire Department assisted in getting water back to the scene of the fire with a tanker truck.