Fire destroys vacant Akron house

Posted July 16, 2014 at 9:40 pm

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By Julie Ann Madden

At 1:58 a.m., July 10, Akron firefighters were called to 500 S. Eighth St., in Akron.

According to Akron Fire Chief Shane Coyle, the house was fully engulfed in flames when they arrived.

The house, which had just been red-tagged by city officials July 7, was a total loss.

According to Coyle, Akron Police Chief Kimm Nielsen spotted the fire as he was out looking for a person wanted for interviewing by Plymouth County Sheriff’s deputies.

This is the second fire the house has sustained in the past few years. At the time of the first fire, the owners Bobie Themm and Frank Martinez and their family were living in the home.

However, just the upstairs had been repaired from that fire damage, and the house has set vacant about two years, according to information presented to the Akron City Council at their July 8 meeting.

After extinguishing the fire, which was suspicious in nature, Akron firefighters remained on the scene waiting for a state fire marshal to arrive and conduct an investigation.

The firefighters returned to the fire station at 4:09 p.m., July 10.

According to a State Fire Marshal’s Office spokesperson, the investigation is ongoing and until it is complete, no information as to the cause of the fire will be released.

For some time now, Themm and Martinez have resided in Sioux City.

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