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.


Previous Coverage

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.

On the Web: www.newsnet5.com


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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.

On the Web: www.newsnet5.com

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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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Friday, 25 October 2013 05:33

Canton House Fire Melts Siding Next Door

A fire inside a vacant house in Canton was so hot, it melted the siding of the house next door.

NewsChannel 5 reports the house on Hazlett Avenue NW between Tuscarawas Street W and 4th Street NW went up in flames around 12:15 Friday morning before eventually collapsing.

Despite the damage to their home, the neighbors escaped unhurt.

On the Web: www.newsnet5.com

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Tuesday, 01 October 2013 05:42

Fire At Former CSX Railroad Building

An abandoned CSX railroad building on N. Arlington St. went up in flames early Tuesday morning.

Firefighters tell NewsChannel 5 the building between E. North and N. Forge was vacant and boarded up, but it looked like someone opened the back door. They're treating the fire as an arson.

N. Arlington was closed starting just after midnight until the blaze was brought under control around 2 a.m.

On the Web: www.newsnet5.com

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Thursday, 25 July 2013 12:10

Possible Explosion At Vacant Akron Home

Akron Fire responded to a reported explosion on Uhler Avenue around 10:40 this morning.

Jeff Derrenberger with the fire department says crews arrived to find fire on the first floor of a vacant home. The fire is under control.

It's the second reported explosion at an Akron home in three days. The Summit County Bomb Squad, Akron Fire Department, and ATF responded to a home on McKinley Avenue late Tuesday after it was hit with what was believed to be a quarter stick of dynamite or an M-100.

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