Fire in Ohio destroys historic flea market

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Posted: Oct 14, 2010 12:11 PM
Fire in Ohio destroys historic flea market

Ohio's fire marshal says a fire that gutted a large, historic retail building was one of four fires set intentionally within an eight-mile area.

The fire at the Garver Flea Market in Strasburg was first reported around 11 p.m. Wednesday and drew scores of firefighters from throughout northeast Ohio.

In a statement, fire marshal's spokesman Shane Cartmill says other fires overnight hit two businesses in nearby Brewster and a church in Beach City. No injuries were reported in any of the fires.

The flea market is in an 1866 building once operated as the "World's Largest Country Store" by a family named Garver.

The Repository of Canton reports the fire at First Lutheran Church was set at a rear entrance and did not burn the church down.

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Information from: The Repository, http://www.cantonrep.com