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UPDATE: Fire Destroys Vacant Kent State Esplanade House

One firefighter injured in early Saturday morning blaze

An early morning fire destroyed a vacant house on South Lincoln Street right next to the Kent State University campus today.

The Kent Fire Department responded at 5:23 a.m. to the call of a fully involved house fire at 128 S. Lincoln St.

Acting Kent Fire Lt. Steve Smith said one firefighter was injured when he fell through a collapsed floor.

"Shortly after the crews got there the second floor partially collapsed onto the first floor," Smith said.

The firefighter, whose name was not released, was treated for minor injuries and released from Akron City Hospital Saturday.

The house is owned by Kent State University and was bought from A&H Investments Joint Venture LLC in August 2011 for $464,000 as part of the Esplanade expansion. It was scheduled for demolition.

Smith said after the firefighter who fell through the floor was pulled from the house the rest of the fire crews pulled out, and firefighters then focused on keeping the fire from spreading beyond the property.

Firefighters brought the blaze under control by 7 a.m.

Fire and EMS crews from Rootstown, Ravenna City and Township, Stow, Mantua and Streetsboro fire departments also responded.

Smith said Kent fire and Kent State officials are working together to determine the cause of the fire.

Teresa K. November 10, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Did they have insurance? Couldnt have happened to more perfect house. vacant and in the way of the new esplanade. Lets hope for a quick recovery for the firefighter.
Chris (Kit) Myers November 11, 2012 at 01:39 AM
Wonder if it was the same people who vandalized the house at 329 College Street in the wee hours of the morning on Wednesday. I hope that investigators go in there and see if there is any evidence of who did it. I wish to publicly thank Matt Fredmonsky for assisting me in my efforts to FINALLY get the place boarded up. I don't know who he talked to or what he said, but I got a call from the university yesterday and the place was boarded up in the afternoon. The power of the press! Interestlingly, the Lincoln Street house had been boarded up. Apparently, it doesn't seem to matter. Too bad a firefighter had to get hurt. Perhaps it will spur the university to get those houses down NOW!
Sa;;y November 12, 2012 at 02:30 PM
I'm glad the house was vacant. Shame the fire fighter was injured considering they were going to demolish this house anyway.
Grimm November 22, 2012 at 12:08 AM
Praying for the firefighter! Sad because I lived in this house in the 90's, and have to say it should have been condemned then. Glad it is finally down, but now seeing they paid $464,000 makes me think I am in the wrong business. Should have went the way of the Slumlord!
Chris (Kit) Myers November 22, 2012 at 12:36 AM
1) Should have "gone" the way of the slumlord, Grimm. 2) Did someone hold a gun to your head to make you sign a lease? 3) Please provide your name and the name of the slumlord so I can contact him to see if he has any recollection of what kind of tenant you were.

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