Howard Mack promises to be back, despite the massive fire Friday that wiped out his used home furnishings store on South Arlington Street.
“It’s a total washout,” Mack said. “But I’ll be back. One hundred percent. I will be back.”
The Akron businessman opened Mack’s Truly Unique store at 959 S. Arlington St. in 2006.
On Friday, flames ripped through the store that sold used sofas, chairs and appliances to residents in the neighborhood.
“We lost a lot of merchandise — a lot of merchandise,” Mack said.
The fire was stubborn, as police closed traffic in the area most of Friday while firefighters battled the blaze.
Traffic remained detoured in the area from Austin to East Archwood avenues until late Friday afternoon.
Mack said he isn’t sure what started the blaze that was discovered shortly after 9 a.m.
By the time firefighters arrived, they found flames shooting from store windows, Capt. Al Bragg said.
Firefighters initially attempted to enter the building to aggressively attack the flames, but they had to retreat because of heat, Bragg said. Instead, they maintained a defensive operation, spraying water on the building continuously through the early afternoon.
No cause or damage estimates were available. No injuries were reported.
Bragg said the roof of the single-story, 3,700-square-foot building was essentially destroyed.
The concrete structure with a brick veneer exterior was constructed in 1948.
The building was last sold in 2003 by Arlington Baptist Chapel for $68,000, according to Summit County property records. The building is currently appraised for tax purposes at $92,740.
Bragg said some warping was sustained to a nearby building as a result of the heat from the fire.