Old buildings may have speeded spread of Ohio fire

GARRETTSVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A fire chief says the age of several buildings leveled by a fire in the downtown area of a northeastern Ohio village may have contributed to the blaze spreading so quickly.

The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer (http://bit.ly/1eC5Csv ) reports that two firefighters suffered smoke inhalation and 13 businesses in four buildings were affected by the fire that swept through a historic downtown block in Garrettsville on Saturday afternoon.

The chief of the village's fire department says neither firefighter suffered serious injuries. Chief Jeff Kaiser says three of the four buildings were made of wood and were built in the 1800s.

Kaiser says the cause of the blaze remains under investigation. The Portage county fire investigation unit and state fire marshal's office are investigating.

Authorities say 34 fire departments helped fight the fire.

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Information from: The Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com

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