News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Knight Foundation

NOCHE


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Environment


The cause Canton's massive industrial fire may be known next week
The booming market for industrial buildings had made this one marketable -- until Monday
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE


Web Editor
M.L. Schultze
 
CLICK FOR SLIDESHOW: The entrance to what was Convoy Containers. The most recent owner of the building, Howard Trickett, had no insurance, nor did his tenants.
Courtesy of M.L. SCHULTZE
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:

Canton fire officials expect to have some conclusions early next week in their investigation into a fire at an old industrial plant that triggered a mass evacuation in the city.  And WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports that neither the owner of the building nor its tenants had any insurance.

LISTEN: Sifting through the pieces

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (2:13)


Monday’s fire left little but twisted metal, blackened brick and other debris on the northeast Canton field where the one-story factory had stood for decades. It also made the “for sale” sign out front look a bit out of place.

John Caiazza is the Realtor who was trying to find a buyer. His company, Spring Realty, handles a lot of industrial properties and he says he had a strong prospect who wanted to store equipment in the building.  Caiazza says that’s a sign of the times.

The market was there
“We don’t have the availability of warehousing in the city of Canton like we used to in years past. We’ve seen a good influx of users thanks to the oil and gas industry that has taken a good chunk of the vacant square footage that we’ve had on the market.”

Caiazza says this piece of property is now definitely off the market.

‘At this stage of the game we don’t have very marketable piece of property at all, from a land perspective, and definitely from a building perspective. It’s going to have to be demolished; it’s going to have to be graded out.”

That’s going to have to be done by an owner who has no insurance.

A troubled history
Jon Troyer is the attorney for Howard Trickett. Trickett bought the building from a company called Convoy Containers, which had occupied it for decades, and leased it back to Convoy.

Troyer would not go on tape, and his client is out of the country. But the attorney says Trickett is as anxious as anyone to figure out what led to the fire, which ended up sending clouds of sulfur dioxide out over the northeast quadrant of the city.

Troyer says Convoy had used vats of molten sulfur to make its cardboard and plastic containers.  He confirmed that generated sulfur dust, which led to an OSHA finding in 2010, and a lawsuit between Trickett and Convoy, which was settled without the terms being revealed.

The molten sulfur solidified after Convoy went out of business two years ago. Employees of a salvage company, which was leasing space in the building, were working to remove the last of the blocks of sulfur as little as an hour before a chemical reaction --  which led to the fire – was discovered.

Troyer says those blocks don’t burn easily, and that “it takes something unique” to trigger what happened Monday. 

(Click image for larger view.)

Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

Ohio survey shows low-income people are choosing phones over food
Where is this study published? no sign of it on google scholar. is there a cite

The Akron Sound rocks the porches
fabulous group interview! you covered so much in so little time. wish i could be there for porch rockr.

Head of Ohio Dems says Kasich administration is lying about Suarez contacts
when Kasich's mouth is open , he's lying. Look what he did at Lehmans brothers and then lied about it all during the campaign. If a GOP didn't lie, he or she ...

Canton's Basilica of St. John absorbs news of the pope at morning Mass
Hello Chris,Marina,and Patrice, I just read this article and you all look great. I'm on facebook Jean Dutcher in blue and white stripped blouse. I"M so glad to ...

Exploradio: Avoiding the 'acting-white' trap
Growing-up black and being black should not determine that you will not speak well or will not be a high achiever in your goals in life.But society te nds to la...

Charter-school supporters to rally at Statehouse
I am on the bus now headed to the rally. Horizon is an excellent school. My son is is 7 th grade. The teachers and administrators are top notch and spend so m...

Former Nursing Home Land Added to Parks
In addition, LED technology also plays a very important role in advertising- LED placard is very, very useful for shop owners.

Ohio Supreme Court hears arguments on school funding
That's not true. Other school districts HAVE followed this law and done this. Oakhills is one of them and how they were able to provide technology for their s...

Death and beauty at Cleveland's Museum of Contemporary Art
What a disgusting story to air at lunch time.

Ohio Supreme Court grills attorneys on flooding and million-dollar fixes
Perhaps the State of Ohio should take the lead and implement state wide water shed districts that would collect minimum fees. The funds could then be distribute...

Copyright © 2014 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University