Firefighters are battling a blaze reported at the Legacy Inn & Suites Hotel in Wadsworth. 
The two-alarm fire was reported around 8:30 a.m., according to Wadsworth police dispatchers.
No injuries have been reported at this time, but officials say one person needed oxygen. 
Further details were not released.
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Fire officials are still trying to determine what caused a blaze at a popular Portage Lakes bar early Thursday morning.

The Green Fire Department, along with local departments, responded to the fire at Dano's Lakeside Pub on S. Main Street in Green around 3:15 a.m. -- about a half hour after the bar's staff left for the night.

Fire officials said that fire started inside the kitchen, but the cause of the blaze is still under investigation.

Captain Doug Cincurak said there was extensive damage to the first and second floors of the building. No injuries were reported.

Community members are reacting to the news following the devastating fire that tore through the bar.

New Franklin Mayor Al Bollas said it's a big loss to area.

"It's just an unfortunate thing," said Bollas.

Just hours after the fire, word spread on social media that the community would be coming together to hold a fundraiser.

"We've got a pretty tight community here and we all stick together," said Mark Norris with Dusty's Landing in Portage Lakes.

Norris is organizing a fundraiser at Dusty's Landing Friday night. The money will go to the employees and staff members at Dano's Pub.

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Streetsboro firefighters say a fire at the Settler's Landing apartment complex on Sunday evening was intentionally set.

Fire investigators examined the scene and talked to witnesses, who reported seeing "several younger people" running from the area at the same time smoke was spotted coming from the corner of the building.

There could be a reward of up to 5-thousand dollars from the Ohio Blue Ribbon Arson Committee for information leading to whoever's responsible for the fire.

Anyone with information is being asked to call fire investigators at the Streetsboro fire department. (330-626-4664).

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A Barberton woman was arrested after Akron police say she started a fire in the Family Dollar store on North Arlington Street.

Officers arrested 34 year-old Francine M.C. Ruple on aggravated arson charges.

Friday afternoon, police say Ruple walked around the Family Dollar store and put paper products in a shopping basket...then placed the basket on the floor, squirted lighter fluid on the paper and set it ablaze with a lighter.

Ruple got out of the store, and it took store employees and firefighters to put out the fire and ventilate the floor.

Ruple was found and arrested a short distance away at North Arlington Street and East Exchange Street, and was booked into the Summit County Jail.

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Wednesday, 13 August 2014 09:32

Lightning May Have Sparked Massillon Fire

Lightning may have played a role in a fire that damaged a building in Massillon Monday night. Massillon Fire Chief Tom Burgasser said crews reponded to the fire at the A.A. Hammersmith Insurance Agency building on Erie St. N. around 8 p.m.

"When we arrived, there was heavy smoke, heavy charred smoke, coming from that rook line and heavy flames," Burgasser said.

Fire crews spent all night battling the flames. The next morning, firefighters found the the walls were unstable on the north side of the building.

"We were afraid if the walls collapsed, or if there was some collapse potential, that someone might get injured from the general public. About 5:30 p.m., we decided to raze that part of the building."

The cause of the blaze is still under investigation, but Burgasser believes lightning may have sparked the fire.

"We do have some eye witness accounts that put lightning in the area and we did see signs that would indicate some sort of a lightning strike."

Burgasser estimates the damage to the building and its contents to be around $500,000.

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Tuesday, 01 July 2014 09:00

Overnight Fire Reported At Akron School

Akron firefighters battled an overnight fire at St. Anthony's School on York Street.

Fire officials say firefighters found heavy smoke and fire when they arrived on scene around 3 a.m. Firefighters were able to put out the flames after requesting additional help and battling the fire from inside the building.

No injuries were reported. An arson unit was called on scene to investigate the fire.

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Friday, 31 January 2014 09:50

UPDATE Fire At Akron Furniture Store

UPDATE 605pm

A fire that started in a used furniture store on South Arlington Street near Archwood Avenue caused $200,000 damage to the building and its contents Friday. Akron Fire Captain Al Bragg says the building was a total loss.

No one was injured. Firefighters were called to the scene around 9:30 Friday morning and saw flames coming from the windows as they arrived.

Captain Bragg says it took about five hours to bring the blaze under control at Mack's Truly Unique store.

The cause remains under investigation but Bragg says the blaze was possibly sparked by a space heater near water pipes that were being thawed.

The flames were intense enough to melt part of the siding on a vacant house near the store.

The inferno caused police to block traffic at South Arlington and Davies Street for several hours to allow firefighters to battle the blaze.


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At least five Akron fire engines responded to a blaze at a vacant business Friday.

The fire engulfed the former Eastside Thrift Center at 959 South Arlington Street. Firefighters arrived shortly after 9:20 a.m. to see flames shooting out the front windows.

South Arlington is closed between Archwood and Davies while firefighters work to get the fire under control.

(Photo courtesy of ANN reader Eric Poston)

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Friday, 31 January 2014 05:57

Canton Fire Damages Three Homes

Fire crews in Canton are fighting a blaze that is impacting three homes.

NewsChannel 5 reports one home was already up in flames when firefighters arrived on the 2100 block of 5th St. NE shortly after 2:20 Friday morning.

No one was reported hurt.

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Tuesday, 14 January 2014 08:09

Fire Engulfs Vacant Akron House

Akron firefighters battled a blaze at a vacant house on Hudson Ave. early this morning.

They tell NewsChannel 5 they saw heavy smoke and flames coming from the house when they got there. It took them about 20 minutes to get it under control.

There was some disagreement at first over whether the house actually was vacant, but it was and no one was hurt.

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Wednesday, 25 December 2013 15:40

Crews Battle Christmas Morning Fire

New Franklin firefighters battled a house fire Christmas morning.

Fire officials arrived at the house in the 6100 block of Renninger Road and found a a fire involving an attached two-car garage which extended into the attic.

Fire investigators determined that the fire was caused by hot materials that were discarded into a trash can next to the house.

The fire was contained to the garage, but the house sustained light smoke damage. Damage to the structure and contents is estimated to be $10,000.

Firefighters from the Village of Clinton assisted the New Franklin Fire Department.

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