Friday, March 16, 2001

Cause of Georgetown blaze undetermined




By David Eck
Enquirer Contributor

        The cause of a fire that destroyed a historic block of Georgetownin January remains elusive.

        Ohio fire marshal's investigators have ruled the cause of the blaze — which ruined several businesses and left about $1 million in damage — undetermined.

        “In this case we simply pursued every avenue and were left with an undetermined fire,” said Thomas Ratcliff, spokesman for the Ohio State Fire Marshal's office.

        The case will remain closed unless investigators get new details about the blaze.

        Officials do know the fire started in the first floor of the Georgetown News Democrat, the village's twice-a-week newspaper and an institution in the Brown County community since 1888.

        The ruined buildings — many of which dated to the late 1800s — also housed law offices, a financial business, a sports collectibles shop and apartments.

        There were no injuries in the spectacular Jan. 29 fire, which broke out shortly after 3 a.m.

        Anyone with information about the fire is asked to call the Ohio fire marshal's investigation bureau at (800) 589-2728 (Ohio only) or (614) 752-7106.

       



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