No one may ever know exactly what caused the fire that destroyed Kent's former Checkers-N-Trophies concert club.
Michael Duchesne, Ohio Fire Marshal public information officer, said the cause of the Sept. 2 fire is officially undetermined.
The investigation is closed.
Two fires occurred at the 352 Elm St. bar on Sept. 2.
Duchesne said the first one, which involved a butane torch being used for plumbing repairs, was handled exclusively by the Kent Fire Department. The bar was closed after that incident for the rest of the day.
The state fire marshal was called to investigate the nighttime fire that ultimately destroyed the club.
"We can not rule out that there was possibly a rekindle of the same fire as the ignition source," Duchesne said.
He said between 85 to 90 percent of the cases investigated by the state fire marshal end up as officially undetermined because the agency has to prove "without a shadow of a doubt" where a fire originated.
Like most of those cases, there was not enough physical evidence or witness testimony to identify a cause, he said.
Checkers-N-Trophies, located in a residential neighborhood a few blocks from downtown, regularly hosted shows featuring local musicians.
Whether the bar will be rebuilt in the same spot or elsewhere is unclear. Demolition of the structure began Monday, and clean-up efforts are expected to last several days.
"I really hope we can reopen someday soon and get back to what we were doing, which was providing good live music for the people of Kent and anyone else who wanted to come check us out," said Benjamin Cohen, Checkers-N-Trophies general manager for three years. "We strongly believed in what we were doing."
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