All that remains is a shell of the building.
Today, several families are without a home.
The smell of smoke still fills the air in downtown Meadville.
The blaze broke out just before 6 p.m. Tuesday evening on 390 Chestnut Street.
Luckily, all of the residents were able to escape the building.
Meadville firefighters receive backup from several departments in Crawford County.
The mix of frigid weather and flames made fighting the blaze even more challenging.
The American Red Cross is assisting in efforts.
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