Crowds flock to see fire damage in Ohio village

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Severely damaged buildings smolder as firefighters from several area fire departments work to bring a fire at the intersections of High and Water Streets in downtown Garrettsville under control on Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Garrettsville, Ohio. (AP Photo/Akron Beacon Journal, Ed Suba Jr.)

GARRETTSVILLE, Ohio (AP) — More traffic than usual is clogging the streets of a northeast Ohio village to see the devastating results of a weekend fire that swept through 13 businesses on the main streets.

More than 130 firefighters from 34 agencies battled the blaze Saturday in Garrettsville, a village of about 2,200 residents northeast of Akron in Portage County.

A total of 13 businesses in four buildings were affected by the fire. Three of the four buildings were made of wood and were built in the 1800s, before modern fire codes, officials said.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports that the investigation could take weeks and no dollar amount has been placed on the damage yet.

A meeting for Garrettsville business owners was held Sunday night at a high school. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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