Akron Fire crews battled a two-alarm blaze in the 1000 block of S. Main Street at the vacant former Polzgraz Music Building. Fireifghters were called to the scene shortly before 8 Wednesday morning.
Akron Fire Captain Dave Ware tells AkronNewsNow there is no word on what caused the fire, and the arson bureau has been called in to investigate.
Ware says the building was once home to several businesses, and one or more homeless persons may have been using the building.
He says one firefighter was taken to the hospital and treated for exhaustion.
Ware says the building was valued atabout $100,000 with the loss from the fire estimated at $80,000.
Firefighters from Springfield Township and Akron responded Friday afternoon to an industrial fire on Gilchrist Road in Springfield Township.
Thick, black smoke was visible to motorists on I-76 nearby.
The fire at broke out on the roof of AA Blueprint at 2757 Gilchrist Road. The company's owner tells WJW Fox 8 News that a maintenance worker saw flames coming from the roof, and that the company had workers on the roof to fix earlier problems.
No one appeared to be in the building and it's reported that there are no injuries.
No surrounding structures have been damaged.
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A family of three was displaced by a house fire in Akron overnight.
Crews were called out to the blaze on McKinley Avenue around 12:30 Tuesday morning.
The home was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived, with the entire back of the home up in flames.
It was under control in about 10 minutes.
Two adults and one child are getting help from the Red Cross. No one was hurt.
No word on a cause yet, but an arson investigator was on scene.
A missing cocker spaniel had a lot of help being found and rescued near Sand Run Metro Park.
The 15 year-old dog, "Chauncee", was thought to be lost in the ravine of the park near Cromwell Drive.
That's where Akron firefighters and Metro park rangers found him a day later.
Akron fire department Capt. Al Bragg says that once the park rangers fed "Chauncee", a firefighter lifted the dog to safety.
"One of the firefighters hoisted the dog onto his shoulder," Capt. Bragg tells AkronNewsNow.com, "and climbed up approximately a hundred foot embankment to get the dog to safety."
"Chauncee" was taken to a local animal hospital for a new broken leg...one other leg was already broken.
Capt. Bragg says the owner is thrilled to spend more time with her dog.
He says it was a good thing that park rangers had dog food with them. "Chauncee" wasn't eating the firehouse chicken that firefighters tried to feed him.
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Akron firefighters quickly knocked down a fire at a home off East Exchange Street this morning.
The Akron fire department says the owner of the home on Black Street reported smoke and fire on the outside of the home at about 7 AM.
The occupants got out before firefighters arrived, and those firefighters put out the fire outside the home.
There are no reports of injuries as a result of the fire.
Firefighters say the fire started inside the wall of the home, but haven't determined a cause.
Two Akron area fires early Saturday are being investigated.
One person died in a Barberton house fire.
NewsChannel 5 reports that fire crews got to the scene of a Lincoln Avenue home at around 1 AM early Saturday morning.
The home was fully involved in flames when firefighters arrived. One person was found dead inside the home. Investigators are still looking for the cause.
Two firefighters were hurt battling a house fire in Akron early Saturday.
It happened at just before 4 AM at a home on Alfretta Avenue.
Firefighters saw flames coming out of the two story brick building and attacked the fire from inside. One firefighter fell through a hole in the foor of a hallway, and a second was also injured.
Both were sent to Akron General Medical Center, and their conditions are not yet known.
The home was a total loss. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Akron Firefighters hired back on in 2010 after being laid off in 2009 have received some good news this week.
News Channel 5 reports that The Akron Fire Department received $6,412,538 Wednesday from a SAFER (Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response) grant, meaning job security for the 36 firefighters who lost their jobs in 2009.
One of those 36 firefighters is Joe Frato, 26, who took a job in North Carolina fighting fires after being laid off in 2009.
"There's definitely a sense of relief, not only for the 36 of us that got laid off, but also for the new people that got hired on afterward," Frato said.
Akron Fire Chief Robert Ross is now awaiting another SAFER grant that could pay for salaries and benefits for an additional 38 firefighters.
"Awards are expected by the end of September and then will continue through the end of the year," Ross said.
Right now, Akron has 325 firefighters in a city that should have between 350 and 360.
"I don't think that the public safety has been significantly degraded, but it can only improve if we have more firefighters," Ross said.
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Three fires kept Akron Fire Department crews busy in the overnight hours early Saturday.
The first broke out at about 2:30 a.m. at the former Frank H. Mason Elementary School on Beaver Aveue.
After a caller told dispatchers that smoke and flames were coming from the school, firefighters found fire and smoke on the first floor in the school auditorium.
No one was found inside, and the fire was brought under control. The former Mason school was set for demolition on Monday.
An hour later, firefighters were called to a house fire on South Hawkins Street, which was fully involved when firefighters showed up at just after 3:30 a.m.
The fire was quickly brought under control, and no one was found trapped inside. Damage estimates to the house is $50,000.
The fhird overnight fire was an hour after that one on Allyn Street. That was also put out, and no victims or injuries were reported.
The Akron Fire Department is still investigating all three fires.
An Akron man got out of his home, after it caught fire last night on Preston Avenue.
The Akron Fire Department tells AkronNewsNow that it started at just after 11:30 on Tuesday night.
NewsChannel 5 reports that the fire started on the second floor of the home, in a bedroom.
Neighbors say flames were shooting out of a second floor window when firefighters got to the home.
The fire department has no reports of injuries.
It's not believed that weather caused the fire, which is still under investigation.
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Careless smoking was the cause of an overnight fire at a building that housed several apartments in Akron, according to the Akron Fire Department.
Firefighters were called to the blaze in the 1200 block of Grant Street around 12 a.m.
The fire caused extensive damage to the apartment.
The American Red Cross is helping the residents with shelter.
No injuries were reported.
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