Fire destroys Champion roller rink

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Officials said the building is a total loss, but no one was injured

CHAMPION, Ohio (WKBN) — The Champion Skate Roller Rink was destroyed in a fire Sunday morning.

It was 1:30 a.m. when fire crews from Champion responded to the Champion Roller Rink Sunday morning. Within minutes, five other fire departments were called to help.

The initial plan was to penetrate the fire coming out of the front of the building, but crews soon learned inside the building was fully engulfed in flames, so they stayed outside.

Officials said the building is a total loss, but no one was injured.

“The condition of the roof didn’t warrant it anymore and we went to our defensive attack, said Champion Fire Chief John Hickey.

According to Fire Chief Hickey, by the time crews arrived, the fire was bad enough that they didn’t want to send any firefighters inside.

“This was built in the, original part was built in the 60’s, and a lot of wood, obviously the wood floor. The foam. They had a lot of decorative material in there. So, it spread pretty quick and I wasn’t willing to put my guy’s safety at risk,” said Hickey.

It’s unknown at this time what started the fire. The fire marshal will be out to investigate on Monday, according to officials.

According to the fire chief, State Route 45, Mahoning Avenue, was closed between Champion Street and Clearview for nearly 7 hours due to the use of fire hydrants and fire trucks on scene. It has since reopened.

The rink was scheduled to host a New Year’s Eve family event for the holiday.

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