Criminal activity not a factor in Garrettsville fire

Record-Courier Staff Report Published:

Any possible criminal activity has been ruled out by Ohio's Division of State Fire Marshal investigators as a cause for the massive fire that leveled a block in downtown Garrettsville Saturday, although an official cause is still unknown.

Jeff Koehn, an arson investigator with the State Fire Marshal, said no foul play is suspected as the source of the blaze.

The fire is still under investigation, and it could take several weeks before the official cause may be determined, he said.

Koehn said it is known that roofers were working with a torch in one of the block's building Saturday, but fire investigators are not saying the work was related to the fire.

State Fire Marshal investigators and the Garrettsville Police Department have requested that any citizens who took cell phones videos of the fire send the footage to Garrettsville police to look for possible clues.

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