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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.
Fire spreads very rapidly, Don't fault the Fire Departments. These buildings are quite old and historic and they will burn rapidly. This was a horrible situation and most unfortunate. Garrettsville is one of the more beatiful towns in Portage and the historical history of that town is immense.
This was a great loss for all whether you were into history or not. And for the merchants who have serviced their community for years, I feel for them. I loved shopping in Garrettsville once is a while. People there were always friendly from what I have experienced.
You got a sense of that not being rushed atmosphere. Wonderful town.
This is quite disheartening.
Old buildings mean fast burning fire.............................At least nobody was seriously hurt in this awful fire.
sezwho - Garrettsville has a police department and a joint fire district with several surrounding communities. The fire moved very quickly through these old buildings despite the efforts of 34 fire departments.
Does Garrettsville not have any safety department (fire&police) to speak of?
I mean how do they let half the town burn to the ground in this day and age???