State Fire Marshal: Cause of Garrettsville fire officially undetermined

By Jeremy Nobile | Staff Writer Published:

The cause of a blaze that leveled the historic Buckeye Block in Garrettsville on March 22 is officially undetermined, the Ohio State Fire Marshal announced today.

While investigators had noted some work was being done on a portion of roof on one of the businesses that day, Michael Duchesne, fire marshal public information officer, said there wasn’t enough evidence to single that out as the start to the fire that destroyed more than a dozen businesses.

“We could not rule out the use of a torch in the ignition of roofing materials as the source,” he said.

The investigation is now closed.

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