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Do-Cut fire damage could reach $2 million

September 22, 2011
By J.T. Whitehouse
Although the investigation is still ongoing, Cardinal Joint Fire District Chief Don Hutchison said the loss from last week's fire that leveled the Do-Cut hardware store on Raccoon Road is extensive.

"It could be close to $2 million," he said.

The fire broke out around 2 a.m. Sept. 14 and quickly engulfed the building. Quick response and mutual aid finally extinguished the blaze, but little was left of the building. The fire is presently under investigation.

"We know where it started, just not how," said CJFD investigator Bill Jones.

He said it started in the southwest section of the building.

In a short time after the first call went out, mutual aid kicked in and additional trucks arrived to battle the blaze. Hutchison said trucks were on the scene from Austintown, Boardman, Ellsworth, Green and Beaver fire departments. Damascus and Weathersfield sent trucks to cover Green and Austintown until those trucks returned home.

"There was a lot of mutual aid for that fire," Hutchison said.

The fire also closed U.S. 224 and the Ohio 11 northbound off and on ramps. Hutchison said the main reason for the closings was the need to run hoses from hydrants at Scheetz and CVS. It involved running hose across the bridge over Ohio 11. He also had to place the Ellsworth ladder truck on the northbound ramp to fight the blaze from the back side.

Once the fire was out, the hoses were taken up and traffic resumed a normal flow.

Hutchison also called in the Hazmat team.

"They came in and tested the water and air," Hutchison said. "They found only irritants, no toxins."

As the morning progressed, employees of Do-Cut began showing up and were amazed at what had happened. Hutchison said as they stood nearby observing the devastation, cars were stopping with people who told the employees how much they liked the store and that they hoped it would be rebuilt.



Article Photos

Photos by Jim McCreary, Town Crier correspondent
Firefighters from Ellsworth Fire Department position their ladder truck on the Ohio 11 on ramp and direct water onto the rear of the Do-Cut building during an early morning fire Sept. 14. The fire destroyed most of the building and damages are being set around $2 million.

 
 

 

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