Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Workers evacuate plant on Mogadore Road after small fire
A fire broke out at ACS Industries late Monday night that forced workers to evacuate the company's manufacturing plant. The Kent Fire Department responded to the fire at 2151 Mogadore Road at about 8:30 p.m. An employee at ACS told Kent Patch no one was injured in the blaze and the workers on second shift were able to quickly evacuate the factory, which produces large machine implements used in the construction trade. He said the fire was contained to a small painting area of the building. Firefighters had the blaze under control by 9:30 p.m. Kent Police closed Mogadore Road at the S.R. 261 intersection until just before 10 p.m. Firefighters from multiple area departments, including Stow, Brimfield, Ravenna and Streetsboro, all responded. …
Monday, March 11, 2013
Several fire departments have responded, but now are leaving the scene.
UPDATE 9:50 p.m. Firefighters are clearing the scene of a small blaze that broke out at ACS Industries on Mogadore Road at about 8 p.m. Monday. Firefighters from several area communities responded to the reported fire, which started in a painting area in the rear of the facility's manufacturing plant. An employee at ACS told Kent Patch no one was injured in the blaze and the workers on second shift were able to quickly evacuate the factory, which produces large machine implements used in the construction trade. He said no one was injured in the fire, which was contained to a small area of the building. Mogadore Road has reopened after being closed at the intersection of S.R. 261. Firefighters from multiple area departments, including Stow…
Friday, February 8, 2013
Student reportedly set fire to hand sanitizer dispenser
A fire at Koonce Hall on the Kent State University campus sent students out into the cold early this morning, KentWired reported. The fire reportedly happened just before 3 a.m. on the eighth floor of the residence hall. Click here to read more.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Acting Kent Fire Capt. Bill Myers receives commendation, proclamation for pulling injured firefighter from house fire
If not for Kent Fire Lt. Bill Myers, firefighter Bryan Pengal's head-first fall into a burning basement might have turned out much worse. Kent Fire Chief Dave Manthey and members of Kent City Council recognized Myers Wednesday for helping pull Pengal out of a house fire that destroyed a house owned by Kent State University on South Lincoln Street last month. Myers, then an acting captain, and Pengal were among the first crew to respond to the fire at 128 S. Lincoln St. at about 5:30 a.m. Nov. 10. Manthey said both men advanced into the house with a hose line to find the base of the fire and extinguish it. "As they made their way through the smoke they did not see a section of the floor in front of them was missing," Manthey said. Pengal …
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Liquid accelerant ruled out in fire investigation
The cause of a fire that ended with $100,000 in damage at the Family & Community Services building is unclear, according to the Kent Police investigation. Kent Police Lt. James Prusha said arson investigators ruled the cause of the September fire on Gougler Avenue to be officially undetermined. "But it looks like a couch was the start of it," Prusha said. Firefighters were called to the building just before 6 a.m. on Sept. 12 and found the northern wing engulfed in flames. The fire temporarily shut down the social service agency, which provides mental health and substance abuse clinical counseling services to its clients. Investigators sent some samples from the fire scene to the Ohio Fire Marshal's Office for testing. Prusha said the …
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
University working to accelerate process in light of fire, vandalism
Following a fire and vandalism at two vacant houses owned by Kent State University officials there are working to expedite the demolition of nine remaining vacant properties in the neighborhood west of campus. Kent State spokesperson Eric Mansfield said the demolition of the houses has been bid and contracts are being prepared to be signed by the Ohio Attorney General. "In light of the suspiscious fire, we are doing our best to accelerate the contracting process," Mansfield said. Firefighters responded Saturday to a fully involved fire at 128 S. Lincoln St., one of 41 properties bought by the university to extend the Esplanade. The house was destroyed in the fire. And just days earlier vandals smashed windows and kicked in the front door …
Saturday, November 10, 2012
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 …
Friday, September 21, 2012
Fire under control, according to university
Editor's note: this story was updated at 1:43 and 1:52p.m. Firefighters responded to an electrical fire on the Kent State University campus today, according to the university. Kent State spokesperson Emily Vincent said in an email an electrical fault in the underground distribution occurred in an electrical room in the Tri Towers Rotunda. "There was smoke but no flames and no injuries," she said. Power was shut off to Harbourt Hall, Van Campen Hall and DeWeese Health Center to safeguard workers as they explored the cause and determined repairs, Vincent said. Power has been restored to all campus buildings.
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Damage to social services building estimated at $80,000
It will be a few days before investigators with the Kent Fire Department determine what started a fire that caused an estimated $80,000 damage at the Family & Community Services building Wednesday. Acting Kent Fire Chief Dave Manthey said investigators are sending some samples from the fire scene to the Ohio Fire Marshal's Office for testing. Sending samples to the state fire marshal's office is standard procedure and does not indicate arson, but investigators aren't ruling it out, Manthey said. "We don’t want to rule it out, but we just want to cover all our bases," he said. Firefighters got the call just before 6 a.m. Wednesday that the brick building at 143 Gougler Ave. was engulfed in flames. No one was inside the building at the time …
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Clinical services agency plans to reopen Kent location by Monday
An early morning fire ripped through a part of the Family & Community Services building on Gougler Avenue today. The fire, which was reported shortly after 6 a.m., caused heavy damage to the northern, upstairs portion of the building. Mark Frisone, executive director of F&CS, said the agency staff hopes to reopen the building to clients of their mental health and susbtance counseling services by Monday. "The building’s large enough that we’ll be able to, as long as we can get in here, keep service disruption to a minimum," Frisone said. Kent police and fire investigators are investigating the cause of the blaze. Look for updates to this story on Kent Patch.