Thirteen businesses and six historic wooden buildings were destroyed


GARRETTSVILLE -- The state fire marshal's office has set a preliminary damage estimate in the weekend Garrettsville fire that destroyed the heart of the village's downtown at $5 million.

Thirteen businesses and six historic wooden buildings were destroyed.

One brick building survived.

State fire marshal investigator Jeff Koehn said it may take a couple of days to determine a definitive cause of the blaze. Videos must be reviewed, and witnesses must be interviewed.

Much of the attention is focusing on a work crew doing roof repairs with what witnesses described as blow torches.

Monday a steady stream of the curious came to remember and take pictures of the damage.

The mood was one of sadness for the historical loss, gratitude no lives were lost and a determination to rebuild.

Investigators have said there is no evidence the fire was the result of a criminal act.

According to state investigators, the origin appears to have been the roof of the Johnson Hardware building. While investigators think the roof was the origin, the exact cause has not yet been confirmed and is still under investigation.

The fire began on Saturday afternoon at the corner of Center and Main streets before spreading. Among the businesses destroyed was the local food bank.

Thirty-four fire departments responded to the scene.

Garrettsville has about 2,200 residents with history dating back 200 years.

You can help in the rebuilding process HERE.

A town hall meeting is planned for 7 p.m. Monday at the local high school auditorium.

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