Canton firefighters save two men trapped in burning building; two firefighters injured


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In the early morning hours of Monday, October 9th, the Canton Fire Department responded to two separate structure fires in the city of Canton.

The first incident was reported at 3:59 a.m. at 1243 Shorb Ave NW, where a boarded-up vacant building became engulfed in heavy smoke and fire.

Upon arrival, firefighters discovered the flames coming from the north and east sides of the building’s first floor. Two individuals were trapped inside a front room due to the boarded-up windows and doors. The trapped males were successfully rescued by fire crews and transported to Aultman and Cleveland Clinic Mercy Hospitals for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. One firefighter sustained minor injuries during the operation.

The estimated loss to the structure is valued at approximately $20,000.00.

According to the Stark County Auditor Website, the property is owned by Joan Colmery.

Shortly after, at 4:18 a.m., the occupant of 440 37th St NW contacted authorities to report a fire engulfing their residence.

Fire crews responded to find flames originating from the attached garage, which had spread to the rest of the home. The fire caused significant damage to the property, resulting in heavy fire and smoke damage.

To aid in containing the situation, both the North Canton and Plain Township Fire Departments provided mutual aid. No civilians were harmed in the incident, although one firefighter sustained minor injuries.

Records from the Stark County Auditor Website indicate that the property is owned by Thomas DeMarco.

The Canton Fire Department Fire Prevention Bureau has launched an investigation to determine the cause of both fires.