The Strasburg fire at Garver’s Flea Market was one of four arsons Wednesday night. Fires in Strasburg, Beach City, and Brewster were all reported this morning, according to WTAM. The Ohio Fire Marshal’s office stated that all four fires were intentionally set, and that investigations are underway into what exactly took place late Wednesday night and into the early morning hours of Thursday.
Strasburg, Beach City, and Brewster are all small towns just south of Canton, Ohio, and crimes like this are rare in the area. While the Fire Marshal’s office was quick to report that all four fires were the result of arson, no further details were released about suspects or what was used to start these fires. Anyone traveling near Strasburg will need to take a different route, though, because the main road through town is closed.
The four arsons took place at Garver’s Flea Market in Strasburg, the First Lutheran Community Church in Beach City, JB’s in downtown Brewster, and at one other business in Brewster. JB’s appears to be a total loss, as does the Garver’s Flea Market complex, where the entire building and everything connected to it went up in flames. We have a video of the Garver’s fire if you wish to take a look. Luckily, though, the Beach City fire did not destroy the church, probably thanks to neighbors and a quick responding fire department.
It’s really tragic that these fires took place, and even more mysterious why these particular buildings were targeted. With the close proximity of the three towns (Strasburg is about two miles from Beach City and about seven miles from Brewster), it is easy to see that someone could be responsible for all of the fires. Authorities have not stated whether they are looking for more than one suspect at this time, and they also haven’t stated officially that the fires are all linked. It seems obvious that they will be, though, most likely by similar accelerants being found at the scenes.
The biggest loss out of all these fires has to be the Garver’s Flea Market building, which had been there since 1866 and was placed in the National Registry of Historic Places. The entire building collapsed in upon itself during the fire, and there is absolutely nothing left standing at the scene. The tragedy has left many Ohio residents very upset about the arson, and a true Ohio landmark has been lost.