Future of China Palace building unknown

Twenty three to five (number is unclear) people are homeless following a fire Wednesday at a downtown Butler building.

There are also 14 apartments in the building, spreading through the first and second floors. There is also a wall in the middle of the two buildings, the 2nd building suffered smoke and water damage.

The future of the historic building is unclear. A Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal investigated Wednesday night but has not yet determined a cause. The fire marshal was expected back on-scene today, along with the Butler City code enforcement officer to determine if the building should be torn down.

The rumored cause of the fire from a reputable source is that a tenant left a pan on the stove and left his apartment, causing the blaze.

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