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Early video on Facebook live yesterday (Monday) as the old Genpak factory burned at 18th Street and Charles Street in Wellsburg, West Virginia (Brooke County). According to news coverage police caught juveniles in the act of setting fire to boxes in the old factory.
Thanks to reader Carl Hinerman for sending this to STATter911.com.
Wellsburg police Lt. Lester Skinner said two juveniles have been arrested and face arson charges. He said it appeared they were using lighter fluid to set fire to cardboard boxes inside the building.
The juveniles may have entered the former factory at the corner of 18th and Charles streets through a broken window, according to Skinner. Two Brooke County sheriff’s deputies and a Wellsburg police officer escorted the two from the building as the fire was starting, he said.
As it burned, sections of the outer wall collapsed, with some brick falling onto the adjacent sidewalk and a utility line at the building’s corner dropping to the street.