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The Suburbanite
  • Cause of AA Blueprint fire under investigation

  • State fire marshals are still investigating the origin of a fire that evacuated workers and caused an estimated $150,000 worth of damage at a Springfield Township business.

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  • State fire marshals are still investigating the origin of a fire that evacuated workers and caused an estimated $150,000 worth of damage at a Springfield Township business.
    Employees at AA Blueprint on Gilchrist Road were clocking out shortly before 5 p.m. May 3 when they smelled the smoke from a fire that had broken out on the roof of the facility. Flames worked their way down the building to a storage area where hazardous materials and large amounts of paper were stored.
    Springfield Fire Department Captain Steve Simich said that, upon arrival, heavy smoke was seen coming from the roof area in the back of the building and thick black smoke could be seen for miles.
    Simich said the fire started on the roof where roofers had been installing sheets of foam insulation and covering it with a tar-based sealent, which is common commercial roofing; They had left minutes before the fire started. According to Simich the sealent, when it melts, has the potential to cause an intense fire that produces a lot of smoke.
    It took the resources of eight fire departments to manage the AA Blueprint fire. Firefrighters from Springfield, Akron, Mogadore, Tallmadge, Green, Coventry, Lakemore and Uniontown responded to fight the blaze and it took nearly one and half hours to get the fire under control.
    Reports indicate that a maintenance man saw the smoke and tried to put it out the fire with an extinguisher, but wind kicked up and fueled flames.
    Due to the fact that the structure is large, the operations of battling the fire were managed by Akron Fire Department Captain Bill Howe.
    Simich said the initial tactics involved setting ladder trucks up at each corner of the building and securing a water supply.
    “Fortunately,” Simich said, “Gilchrist Road has hydrants as do most commercial areas do and Kennedy Road was used as an additional water supply.”
    AA Blueprint is a full service printing company. They have been at that location for 27 years and most of the employees have been there 20 plus years. The family-owned company has been in business for 47 years with three generations of family members working.
    Nobody was injured as a result of the blaze.

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