State Fire Marshal probes Pomeroy blaze


Second day of flames not a problem for firefighters

Michael Hart - For the Daily Sentinel



Pomeroy and Middleport ladder trucks deploy aerial water cannons during Wednesday’s fire on Spring Avenue.


POMEROY — Fire officials kept a watchful eye Thursday on a string of Spring Avenue buildings as small fires reignited throughout the day.

On Wednesday, three structures were engulfed in a blaze of unknown origin and triggered a sizable response from emergency services across the county and the region.

The state Fire Marshal’s Bureau investigation remained open Thursday and was not hindered by the renewed flames.

The bureau reached out to Meigs residents for assistance with their inquiry and provided a hotline number to call.

“We need your help to solve this case. Information from the public can help tremendously,” State Fire Marshal Larry L. Flowers said in a statement. “Even if you don’t think the information is relevant, it could bring the entire case together for our investigators.”

No indications as to what caused Wednesday’s fire have yet been released.

A bureau representative could not comment on specifics of the investigation, but said the move “was not out of the ordinary” and that the office “always encourages everyone to contact us with information, whether somebody saw something or heard that someone saw something, etc.,” adding that such information often leads to critical breaks.

As the investigators proceeded with their responsibilities, Pomeroy first responders answered the call for a second day.

The fire reignited Thursday in two separate buildings, the first in the morning and the second late in the afternoon.

Recalcitrant fires are normal in hot weather, and Pomeroy Fire Chief Rick Blaettnar said Thursday’s outbursts were easy to extinguish.

He added that older buildings are also prone to recurrences. All three historic structures (224, 226 and 228 Spring Ave.) had been abandoned and condemned for an extended period.

Anyone with information is asked to call the State Fire Marshal’s Fire & Explosion Investigation Bureau at 1-800-589-2728.

Pomeroy and Middleport ladder trucks deploy aerial water cannons during Wednesday’s fire on Spring Avenue.
http://mydailytribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_fire-day-042-1.jpgPomeroy and Middleport ladder trucks deploy aerial water cannons during Wednesday’s fire on Spring Avenue.
Second day of flames not a problem for firefighters

Michael Hart

For the Daily Sentinel

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