Jim Carney

TALLMADGE: A building housing two automotive businesses burned Sunday afternoon in a fire battled by firefighters from Tallmadge, Akron and Munroe Falls.

The fire at 390 Geneva Ave. sent thick black smoke into the sky that could be seen for miles away.

Tallmadge Fire Chief Patrick Gaffney said about 25 firefighters from the three departments put out the fire, which was contained to a roof and attic area, in about 40 minutes after receiving the call at 12:56 p.m.

TR Recovery and Cox Auto Craft were located in the building that is owned by Mark Cacioppo, Gaffney said. A damage estimate wasn’t available.

He said it is believed the fire likely started in a large storage shed area that was attached to the rear of the building. The cause wasn’t known Sunday.

Gaffney said another fire occurred at the same time in a pile of plastic piping in the yard at a city of Tallmadge vehicle maintenance and water department garage at 210 Osceola Ave. Gaffney said he suspects that fire might have been started by embers blowing from the nearby fire on Geneva Avenue.

Gaffney praised the work done by the firefighters from the three departments.

“The firemen did a great job of making the fire stop,” said Gaffney.

Once the fire started, Gaffney said, wind blew it into the roof area above a former flat roof on the building.

He said because of the quick work of all three fire departments, the building was saved and the businesses should be able to return to the building within a few months.

Jim Carney can be reached at 330-996-3576 or jcarney@thebeaconjournal.com.