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Rekindled fire destroys wrestling building

• Nov 22, 2017 at 9:00 PM

REEDSVILLE (TNS) — Firefighters were called back to the scene of the Tuesday evening fire on Wednesday morning after the flames rekindled in what was the Eastern High School wrestling building.

By the time crews were on scene the second time the building was fully engulfed in flames.

On Tuesday evening, firefighters from numerous departments were called to a structure fire on Rice Run Road. According to a post on the Olive Twp. Volunteer Fire Department Facebook page, in addition to Olive Township, Chester, Tuppers Plains, Coolville, Little Hocking and Rome Township volunteer fire departments were on scene of the house fire, as were Squad 90 and Meigs EMS.

While on the scene of that fire came the alert for the initial fire at the Eastern wrestling building.

Chester Chief Dave Edwards said that crews from Pomeroy, Bashan, Chester, Tuppers Plains and Rome Township (Athens County) were on the scene of the fire on Tuesday night.

After clearing the scene, the fire rekindled about 5 a.m. on Wednesday morning, with the fire causing extensive damage to the building.

Eastern High School Principal Shawn Bush, who was on the scene Wednesday morning, said the building had been utilized by the wrestling team under the direction of coach Josh Mummey, as well as a small portion for storage.

Bush said Mummey had put a lot of effort into bringing the program to Eastern and setting up the building for the team.

The cause of the fire is unknown.

There were no injuries to firefighters at either scene.


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