A massive fire broke out at 114 Ontario Street just past noon today, and firefighters continued to battle the blaze well into the night. There were no reported injuries.
Crews began this evening to demolish the rest of the structure in an effort to keep the flames from spreading to nearby buildings. Portions of the structure collapsed earlier in the day, and there were reports of damage to parked cars.
The building, vacant for most of the past decade, was built in 1887, and was once home to Arbuckle, Ryan, and Company. Fire officials called the fire "suspicious."
Left: Lucas County Assessor photo of the building, circa 1999
Another piece of Toledo history is gone, this time to a three-alarm blaze. I hope that the fire was not intentionally set; preservation efforts in Toledo are difficult enough without arsonists willfully practicing their fiery craft.
Interesting note: both the Blade and WTVG put the date of construction at 1895, while the county records clearly list it as 1887. WSPD and WNWO were the closest, each calling the structure a "120-year old building." Want the facts? Turn to historymike, who has been trained to be concerned about things like details.
Addendum: in this morning's edition (9-30), the Blade got the date right.