Officials: Stark Co. Hotel Fire Started in Mulch Bed

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JACKSON TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- Fire officials have determined what led to a blaze at a North Canton hotel last month that, at one point, shut down a portion of Interstate 77.

The Jackson Fire Department and the State of Ohio Fire Marshal report that the May 25 fire, at the Microtel Hotel on Sunset Strip Avenue, began in a mulch bed near the side of the building. The fire then quickly traveled up the wall, before spreading to the attic area.

Multiple fire departments from surrounding communities responded to assist Jackson Township firefighters. Hotel guests were evacuated safely, and no injuries were reported. One firefighter, however, was treated for smoke inhalation.

The cause of the fire remains unknown as investigators are still trying to locate the ignition source, a news release from Jackson Township Fire stated.

The total damage is estimated at more than $2 million.

Any witnesses with pictures or video prior to the fire departments' arrival are asked to call the Jackson Fire Prevention Bureau at (330) 834-3953.