Another fire breaks out at devastated Middletown warehouse site

Demolition began Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020 after fire destroyed parts of the vacant former Middletown Paperboard building on New Year’s Day. Jarod Thrush / STAFF

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Demolition began Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020 after fire destroyed parts of the vacant former Middletown Paperboard building on New Year’s Day. Jarod Thrush / STAFF

Middletown firefighters battled another fire early Thursday morning at the vacant warehouse that was the scene of a devastating fire on New Year’s Day.

Firefighters were called to the former Middletown Paperboard building in the area of Girard Avenue and Verity Parkway at about 12:04 a.m. and found flames shooting from a building on the northeast corner of the property, according to Fire Lt. Frank Baughman.

“There were flames visible from the roof of the structure,” he said.

The fire was knocked down quickly and firefighters were on the scene about 90 minutes. There were no injuries.

The structure involved was a small detached garage. Baughman said items were found inside indicating someone had been staying in the structure. The fire is being investigated as arson. Anyone with information is asked to call Baughman at 513-425-7996.

The Jan. 1 fire burned for days. A homeless man is facing arson charges for allegedly starting that fire. City official estimated it would cost $100,000 for debris removal.

Firefighters are also investigating the cause of a fire that heavily damaged a house on Omaha Street, according to Baughman.

They were dispatched about 11:35 a.m. to 3100 Omaha for a house fire. Baughman said the fire began in the back bedroom. Two people were home at the time. A woman was transported to the hospital from the scene, but not due to injuries related to the fire.

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