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GARRETTSVILLE, OH (WOIO) – A devastating sight made the Garrettsville mayor initially avoid the media because he didn’t want to get emotional.

“I am an emotional person, and when my wife called me, I had a real hard time with it,” says Mayor Rick Patrick.

The buildings that stood on Main Street were there for over 150 years, but it only took a few hours for that history to come burning and tumbling down. In all, 13 businesses were gone along with several lifetimes full of memories.

“I got my first haircut at George’s Barber Shop right there when I was younger,” says Ed Polomsky of Warren.

“This was the Main street. This was it. We didn’t have all the shopping centers and stuff that we do now. This was the hub of everything,” adds Art Hall, who has lived in Garrettsville his entire life.



Article Courtesy of WOIO 19 Action News

Picture Courtesy of Cindy Mishler and WOIO 19 Action News

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