3-alarm downtown fire destroys vacant building

Published: Sunday, February 10, 2013 @ 4:06 PM
Updated: Sunday, February 10, 2013 @ 4:06 PM

A three-alarm fire destroyed a downtown Springfield building early Sunday morning while water from firefighting flooded the banquet facilities of the historic Asa S. Bushnell Building.

The 1920 Carter Jewelers Co. building at 12 N. Fountain Ave., valued at $70,180 according to the Clark County Auditor’s Office, was a total loss, Springfield Fire Rescue Division Capt. Dan Faust said.

Meanwhile, water used to put out the fire flooded the basement of the newer portion of the Bushnell Building, but caused minimal damage, owner Jim Lagos told the Springfield News-Sun on Sunday.

The majority of fire damage was contained to the vacant Carter building, owned by the Wellington Square development company. But smoke and heat damaged the exterior brick of the Bushnell Building to its north and another vacant building to its south also owned by Wellington Square, Faust said.

Wellington Square is a wholly owned subsidiary of the non-profit Turner Foundation.

“It’s an unfortunate situation for the community, but we’ll take a look at it and make it an opportunity that will take downtown to the next level,” Turner Foundation Executive Director John Landess said.

The Carter building, which had a 1960s facade, had been used recently as a meeting point for downtown holiday decorators and was formerly a bar, Landess said.

“It wasn’t keeping with the block which has turn-of-the-century store fronts,” Landess said. However, the developer had plans to do some work on it, he said.

The remaining building owned by Wellington Square also sustained a flooded basement and damage to its rubber roof and would be checked out by a structural engineer for safety. It’s had recent interest from potential tenants, Landess said.

Lagos said a contractor from water mitigation Code Blue — which is housed in the the 1893 portion of the Bushnell Building — was on scene early Sunday afternoon. He expected the water to be mitigated and damages repaired within several days.

The fire remains under investigation. It was not known if investigators would be able to determine a cause because of the extent of damage, Faust said of the two-story front and single-story rear building.

“As far as pinning it down to one thing, it’s going to be hard to do unless there was something going on in the building, a maintenance-type thing or something like that, that somebody can pinpoint ‘Hey I was working over in this area,’” Faust said. The division’s fire marshal’s bureau is investigating.

Nothing initially appeared suspicious, he said.

Landess speculated that someone may have pulled back a portion of the sheet metal exterior to the rear, entered the building to keep warm and lit a fire that got out of control. He also said the front door was unlocked, out of the norm for the development company.

The rear addition was being removed to make way for an additional point of egress from the Bushnell Building, Landess said. It was cheaply constructed and would have been easy to get into, he said.

It wasn’t clear whether electrical service was connected to the building. Fire officials said electric crews disconnected the building’s service after the fire started, but Landess said he didn’t think they’d had electric service.

Crews initially attacked the fire from the interior but quickly realized that it was too far ahead of them when fire began coming through the roof. “At that point … we pulled the guys out to go defensive,” Faust said.

After the bulk of the fire was out, crews tried to limit the amount of water used to avoid further flooding in the basements, Faust said.

The fire closed North Fountain Avenue between Columbia and Main Streets while emergency and clean-up crews worked.

Tipp City Schools now part of Ohio Online Checkbook

Published: Tuesday, October 24, 2017 @ 6:34 AM

The Tipp City Exempted Village Schools now are part of the Ohio Online Checkbook offering financial information on government entities across the state who choose to participate.

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School board President Sam Spano told fellow board members Monday, Oct. 23, that the district's information was available on the checkbook beginning at 4 p.m Monday. 

Spano said he asked district Treasurer Dave Stevens to move forward with activating district participation in the program in hopes of address complaints by some in the community who claim the district is not transparent in its operations. 

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'I am not going to listen to complaints that we are not transparent," Spano said, adding he had many reservations about the program including the ability of those not involved in school finance to understand information as presented.

Slick roads due to early morning showers, temperatures remain cool 

Published: Tuesday, October 24, 2017 @ 3:38 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini looks at what days will have the coldest bus stop forecasts.

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  • Showers move in early morning
  • Few more for afternoon
  • Temperatures remain cool
  • More rain to end work week

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TODAY: Area of showers to our southwest will move in for the early morning hours, keeping the roads wet. Broken clouds today with some isolated afternoon/evening rain showers. Temperatures will be significantly cooler with highs in the low 50s. Gusty winds around 30 mph are possible today.

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini)

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini)

WEDNESDAY: A chilly morning! Temperatures start in the upper 30s. Partly to mostly cloudy and cool again. Highs around 50 degrees is below normal for this time of year. Can’t rule out a passing shower, but rain won’t be widespread. Clouds break up more into the night.

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(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini)

THURSDAY: Even colder morning for Thursday! Temperatures will start in the mid-30s. Some protected areas of spots where skies clear could get some patch frost. Sunshine then for the afternoon will take temperatures back to normal around 60.

FRIDAY: A dry and cool morning in the 40s. Clouds increase through the day with highs in the upper 50s. It’ll be breezy with some showers developing into the night.

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SATURDAY: Cold morning again in the mid 50s. Clouds will linger with some showers early. It’ll be a cool day with highs only in the upper 40s. 

3 vacant houses catch fire; firefighter injured

Published: Tuesday, October 24, 2017 @ 4:09 AM
Updated: Tuesday, October 24, 2017 @ 5:33 AM

SCENE: Fire at vacant house in Dayton

UPDATE 5:33 a.m.

A vacant house was destroyed and two others were damaged by fire Tuesday morning.

Officials said a vacant house was destroyed when it caught fire early this morning on Xenia Avenue. The blaze spread to vacant houses on either side, causing about $5,000 in damages, officials said.

A firefighter that fell in one of the houses is being checked by a medic on scene.

The fire is considered suspicious.

NEW: Several rescued, 1 injured in Centerville apartment fire 

UPDATE 5:18 a.m.

A medic has been requested to the scene for a firefighter that was reportedly injured.

We’re working to find out more.


Fire crews responded to a vacant structure fire at the intersection of Xenia Avenue and Saint Paul Avenue in Dayton early Tuesday morning.

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The incident occurred around 3:15 a.m. and crews are still on scene.

Witnesses claim to smell the fire remnants in the area. 

We will update this story with more details as they develop. 

Several residents rescued, 1 injured in Centerville apartment fire

Published: Tuesday, October 24, 2017 @ 2:00 AM
Updated: Tuesday, October 24, 2017 @ 4:30 AM

Scene:Crews respond to Centerville apartment fire

UPDATE @4:48 a.m

One person was injured and several people were trapped and had to be rescued when a fire broke out at a Centerville apartment complex early Tuesday.

When fire crews arrived on the scene of an apartment fire in Centerville around 1:50 a.m., police had already pulled a victim out into a hallway, fire officials said. Crews removed the victim from the complex and they were transported to an area hospital. 
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Several others that were trapped were rescued and were not injured. Fire officials said an estimated 10 residents are displaced.

Smoke detectors appeared to be working, officials said.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.


Crews are responding to a structure fire in the 200 block of N. Main Street in Centerville.

The incident occurred early Tuesday morning, per initial reports.

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Mutual aid has been requested from Kettering, Sugarcreek Twp., and Bellbrook fire crews.

We will continue to update this story as it develops.