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Relief efforts after Garrettsville fire focus on food pantry
Brick law offices are the only building salvageable after Saturday's 8-hour blaze
by WKSU's KABIR BHATIA


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Historic downtown Garrettsville as it looked prior to Saturday's fire
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A fire that engulfed the historic Northeast Ohio village of Garrettsville over the weekend claimed more than a dozen businesses – and sent two firefighters to the hospital for smoke inhalation. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports.
Relief efforts after Garrettsville fire focus on food pantry

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Main Street in the northern Portage County town of Garrettsville was lined with quaint brick buildings dating back to the 1850s – until fire broke out at about 1 o’clock Saturday afternoon. 

By the time 130 firefighters from nearly three dozen departments contained the blaze on Saturday night, all that was left was a brick law office. 

The buildings destroyed include a used furniture store, a podiatrist, a craft shop and the Garrettsville food pantry. Mayor Rick Patrick says community groups are already mobilizing to collect non-perishable food donations.

“They took care of food for low-income people that really needed it. So it wiped them out clean and we need to get that stocked back up again. Right now, we’re in the process of finding a temporary home for them.”

The Garrettsville Chamber of Commerce is coordinating all relief efforts. Patrick added that it’s too early to assign a dollar amount to the damage. Investigators today plan to wrap up their examination, with a report coming in two weeks or so.
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