Investigators still looking into two Chesy fires

Published 4:05 pm Wednesday, September 25, 2013

CHESAPEAKE — The Ohio State Fire Marshal’s Office is still investigating two fires in Chesapeake, one of which that left more than 20 people without a place to live.

The cause of the Sept. 10 fire at the Travelers Motel on Township Road 1039 is officially undetermined at this time, according to Michael Duchesne, public information officer for the fire marshal’s office.

The early morning fire originated in a residential structure behind the motel and Duchesne said the fire marshal’s office is asking for information from the public.

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A fire that torched a vacant house on County Road 32 on Sept. 14 is also still being investigated and the cause is also undetermined.

“Due to structural damage, the investigator was unable to safely get to the origin of the fire,” Duchesne said. “There were no utilities to the home, so any information from anyone who may have seen something at or around the time of the fire would be beneficial to the investigation.”

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