A landmark block in downtown Garrettsville was destroyed by fire this afternoon in a massive blaze that filled the area with clouds of billowing black smoke that could be seen for miles.
The three-story block on Main Street that formerly housed Irwin Hardware in a structure dating to the 1850s was gutted.
The blaze destroyed about a half-dozen businesses, including The Shaker Tree, Chic and Shabby, a barbershop, the law office of Attorney Daniel Timoons and a doctor's office.
Firefighters from several communities remained on the scene at 5 p.m. The blaze was at its height shortly after noon.
No injuries were reported, although a firefighter reportedly received hospital treatment. No cause or estimate of damages was available.
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