If you haven’t seen some of the videos from the house fire at the annual street festival in Athens, Ohio called Palmer Fest, please take a moment to check them out.
The street party in the Ohio University neighborhood was shut down Saturday evening because of the fire. The fire has been ruled arson. Scores of people were arrested as confrontations occurred between police and those attending the festival.
In the video above you will see police officers approaching Side C of the home at 11 Palmer Street as the basement burns. The videos below show the smoke conditions on Side A before firefighters arrived, a supply line dropped on Palmer Street parting the crowd, a line going through the Side C basement door, suppression efforts through a window on the second floor and a soon to be classic interview with a young woman who says she was in the house when the fire started.
The narration on some of the videos may also become classics, including this line from the video taken inside a neighboring house: “Who farted?”
Video above includes the pre-arrival view from Side A & crowd control efforts.
A house fire in the middle of Palmer Fest in Athens has been ruled arson and officials are offering a reward for information in the case.
The house fire occurred at 11 Palmer Street at about 7 p.m. Saturday, in the heart of the area where students and others hold Palmer Fest, a gathering of house parties and music.
Video above shows the supply line being dropped down Palmer Street.
The fire, reported shortly after 7 p.m. at 11 Palmer St., prompted Athens Mayor Paul Wiehl to declare Palmer and the immediate surrounding neighborhood as a riot area at 7:35 p.m., allowing police to clear the neighborhood of partiers soon after.
The house was occupied at the time of the fire, with one unidentified partier caught on video talking about noticing smoke coming from the basement and taking shots of liquor in honor of the fire before evacuating the premises.
At 1:06 in the video above a line is stretched into the basement door on Side C.
According to the police report, party goers began throwing bottles at emergency responders and inhibiting police officers from clearing the scene of the fire. Athens Mayor Paul Wiehl declared Palmer Street a riot area at 7:35 p.m. after the crowd resisted police force.
Officers then went house to house, shutting down the fest. The area was cleared by 8:20 p.m.
The vantage point from a neighboring home is seen in the video above. It shows the line going into the second floor window & same great narration from the residents.
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Above at 1:37 is the apparent spokeswoman for those who live in the house that caught fire.