The Sandy Creek Joint Fire District responded to reports of a fire in the 100 block of S. Market yesterday in Minerva, where a commercial building housing CrossPoint Barbershop and Teazers Hair Studio caught fire.
Fire Chief Aaron Stoller has confirmed that the cause of the fire was accidental, and thankfully, all occupants of the building were able to escape unharmed.
Trevor Lowery, a barber at Crosspoint, recounted the experience, stating that he first noticed the smell of smoke while tending to his clients.
Concerned, he investigated the source and initially suspected it was due to burning incense. However, upon returning to the back of the shop, he was confronted with the smell of more smoke.
“I opened up the garage door. That whole back corner by the trash can was lit up in flames.” Lowery said. “By that time it was all smoke,” he explained. “I told everybody to just get out.”
Unfortunately, both Crosspoint Barbershop and Teazers Hair Studio sustained significant smoke damage, rendering them temporarily unable to operate.
However, there was a silver lining for Crosspoint Barbershop, as they were already in the process of relocating to a new location on the brick street later this month. Owner Dan Moore confirmed that the barbershop will remain closed until July 22nd, when they are scheduled to reopen at their new premises.
Investigations conducted by Sandy Creek Fire District Captain Todd Earley revealed that the fire originated in a garage situated at the rear of the building. Fortunately, no injuries were reported as a result of the incident. Efforts to mitigate the damages caused by the fire are currently underway, and local authorities will be conducting a thorough investigation to determine the precise cause of the accidental fire.
The Great Trail Fire Department responded to the scene for mutual aid.