BEAVER FALLS (KDKA) — Authorities believe the cause of a fire that swept through a building in Beaver County this morning was electrical in nature.

The two-alarm, smoky fire broke out in the two-story structure in the 1100-block of 7th Avenue in Beaver Falls around 10 a.m. Officials say the building was vacant and scheduled for demolition.

“With the building be slated for demolition, we were airing on the side of firefighter safety,” said Capt. Chris Chirichetti, of the Beaver Falls Fire Department. “If the fire was much bigger than it was, we would have committed firefighters to the interior.”

The blaze is believed to have started in the basement.

The building is located in the downtown area of Beaver Falls, but firefighters were able to keep the flames from spreading to neighboring businesses. However, it did shut down the main roadway in Beaver Falls for a time this morning. The road is now reopened.

The building once housed a furniture store and vacuum cleaner store.

No injuries were reported.

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