CAMBRIDGE, Ohio - Firefighters were called to the scene of a major fire in downtown Cambridge at around 11:45 on Friday morning. The Cambridge, Byesville and New Concord Fire Departments, who were later joined by the Liberty and Antrim Fire Departments, battled the blaze at the Bon-Ton Photography Studio on Wheeling Avenue, between 9th and 10th Streets, for several hours yesterday. Flames were shooting out of the rear the building and a thick black smoke hung over town when the fire was at its worst.
According to Cambridge Fire Chief Jeff Deeks, firefighters are speculating that the blaze started on a couch in an apartment in the rear of the building. The Chief said the Bon-Ton building was badly damaged and will most likely have to be torn down. A building adjoining the Bon-Ton, the law offices of Michael Groh, suffered some smoke and water damaged as well.
A local man, 64-year-old Roger Nott, who was a resident of the building, reportedly suffered first and second degree burns to his face and hands in the fire. He was Med-Flighted to the OSU Medical Center in Columbus and was treated and released. An investigation into the cause of the blaze by the State Fire Marshal's Office is underway.