UPDATE: 6:30 P.M

Canton Police and Fire officials are investigating a Tuesday afternoon fire that left a 3 year old child dead.

Crews were called to Penn Place NE around 12:15 this afternoon.

Battalion Chief Akbar Bennett tells the Canton Repository the heat caused power lines that cross  the street to sag  which kept firefighters from gaining entry to the house.

"We did a defensive attack and knocked down the fire," Bennett said.

The child was found on the second floor of the duplex. The identity of the child is not yet being released.

Check back with AkronNewsNow.com as more details become available.


Firefighters are currently on the scene of a duplex fire that claimed the life of a 3-year old child.

The Canton Repository reports firefighters were called to a duplex at Penn Place NE in Canton around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday  for reports of a fire.

When Canton Police and Fire got to Penn Place, it was engulfed in flames and thick, black smoke could be seen coming from the building.

The Stark County Cororner's Investigator Rick Walter confirmed with AkronNewsNow.com one child died as a result of the blaze. The preliminary cause of death is smoke inhalation.

It is unclear what started the fire or how many people were inside the home at the time.

More information will be given as soon as it becomes available.

On the Web www.cantonrep.com

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Firefighters battled a large fire at a commercial building in Canton Thursday morning.

A portion of the building collapsed after fire crews responded to the fire on the 2700 block of East Lincoln Street around 4:30 a.m.

Canton firefighters told News Channel 5 three people living inside an apartment attached to an internet cafe got out safely.

Fire officials believe the gas fire started inside the vacant skill gaming facility.

Several fire departments are also assisting with the fire.

Officials closed East Lincoln Street while crews battled the fire.

 On the Web: www.newsnet5.com

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Tuesday, 06 December 2011 08:10

Fire Damages Canton Apartments

Canton firefighters are investigating the cause of a Monday afternoon blaze at an apartment building on 20th Street N.W. 

As reported in the Repository, there were flames shooting 20 feet in the air from the 10-unit structure around 3:30 p.m.

It took about an hour to get it under control. 

Neighbors told the newspaper that some residents were rescued from the roof before firefighters arrived and that another resident who was helped outside by a neighbor had to be taken to a hospital.

A damage estimate has not been determined, but firefighters say the building is at least temporarily uninhabitable.

On the Web:  www.cantonrep.com

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