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Large warehouse fire brings back memories of intense fire in 2004

A fire that started Friday night and rippled through the former Middletown Paperboard faculty on Verity Parkway brought back memories of a February day 13 years ago with a neighboring building was destroyed by fire.

The sprawling warehouse that has been vacant for decades is next to the scene of another huge fire destroyed a 100-year-old building in February 2004.

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On Sunday afternoon, Feb. 22, 2004, fire broke out in the four-story brick building that housed Recker Custom Woodworking. When firefighters arrived, just like Friday night, they found heavy smoke and fire rolling out of the building that fronted Girard Avenue.

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The building collapsed just minutes after firefighters got out. Two of the department’s fire truck sustained damage from the heat and falling brick. Fire investigators said then that determining a definitive cause of the fire would be difficult due to damage to the building.

The Recker building was eventually demolished.

The fire is considered suspicious at this point because it's a vacant building, and has been empty for decades. There is no power to the building.

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