CANTON: Worley Elementary School was evacuated, then closed for Monday, because of a fire at a nearby used-car dealer.
The school, at 1340 23rd St. NW, is about a quarter of a mile from Auto Specialties at 2115 Cleveland Ave. NW, the site of a fire reported at 6 a.m., Fire Department Battalion Chief Thomas Garra said.
Pupils were evacuated to Umstattd Hall at McKinley High School. They were permitted to stay there the entire day with Worley staff.
Parents or others on a child’s list of people allowed to pick them up were permitted to do so beginning at 9:45 a.m. at Umstattd. Those who remained at the high school throughout the day were transported back to Worley for dismissal at the normal time.
The car dealer’s building is a total loss, Garra said. Seven to 10 cars also were damaged.
About 25 firefighters responded to the blaze with five fire engines and two ladder trucks.
The Fire Department evacuated several homes close to the fire. No injuries were reported.
The building was valued at $16,000, according to information on the Stark County auditor’s website, which lists the owner as Boweright LLC of Mineral City.
Thomas Bowersox is the owner, Garra said.
Garra said the cause of the fire is under investigation.