UPDATE: Fire That Destroyed a City Block in Garrettsville Saturday Was an Accident


UPDATE: WTAM is reporting that the State Fire Marshal's Office has ruled that Saturday's fire in Garrettsville appears to have started on the roof of a building where crews were making repairs.

Garrettsville, OH, in northeastern Portage County, was ravaged by a fire this weekend that destroyed 13 businesses on one of the small town's historic blocks.

The fire was called in on Saturday at 12:15 p.m. and 34 local fire departments responded to the blaze. Crews used so much water beating back the flames that, as of Sunday, much of the town was without water service.

The fire's cause remains unknown, but is being investigated by the Portage County Fire Investigation Unit in coordination with the State Fire Marshal.

Garrettsville is a village of roughly 2,200 residents and is a 50-minute drive from downtown Cleveland, near Hiram College.

Here's a video posted by WEWS Channel 5, during the fire.

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Sam Allard

Sam Allard is the Senior Writer at Scene, in which capacity he covers politics and power and writes about movies when time permits. He's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and the NEOMFA at Cleveland State. Prior to joining Scene, he was encamped in Sarajevo, Bosnia, on an...
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