Tallmadge police call Geneva Avenue structure fire 'suspicious'

Police, fire marshal investigate blaze which damaged two businesses

by Jaime Gerard | Editor Published:

Tallmadge -- A fire which broke out in a Geneva Avenue structure April 27 has been determined to be suspicious by the Tallmadge Police Department.

According to Tallmadge Police Lt. Ron Williams, Tallmadge firefighters battled the blaze at 390 Geneva Ave. at about 1:45 p.m. with assistance provided by Akron and Munroe Falls fire departments.

"The building houses two automotive businesses -- T & R Recovery and Cox Autocraft," said Williams, adding "A secondary fire was discovered on nearby city property, where a pile of PVC pipe had ignited."

According to Fire Chief Pat Gaffney, firefighters got the blaze under control within 45 minutes, spending an additional two hours cleaning up and controlling hot spots.

"It [a tower of smoke] could be seen for miles," said Gaffney.

Williams called the fire "suspicious in nature" and it is being investigated by the Tallmadge Fire Department, State Fire Marshals and the Tallmadge Police Detective Bureau.

The building was unoccupied and no injuries were reported. A damage estimate is unavailable at this time.

Contact the editor at 330-541-9429 or jgerard@recordpub.com.

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