UPDATE | State fire marshal at Donnell Ford


BOARDMAN — A state fire marshal is at Donnell Ford looking for clues as to what caused a fire that destroyed the showroom this morning.

Fire chief Mark Pitzer said his department does not know what caused the fire, but it is contacting the National Weather Service to determine if Thursday night’s storm contributed.

“It was very difficult [to fight]. When we arrived, it was already through the roof. The showroom is completely destroyed,” Pitzer said.

Market Street, which had been closed because of departments fighting the blaze, has reopened, but it is limited to one lane northbound just past Donnell Ford.

6:09 a.m.

Donnell Ford location

6 a.m.: According to our broadcast partner WFMJ-TV 21, Market Street is currently closed to traffic because of a fire at Donnell Ford, 7955 Market Street in Boardman, while other firefighters are at a burning apartment on Mathews Road.

Crews from Boardman were called out to the car dealership just after 4 a.m. Friday.

The first truck on the scene reported flames through the roof of a building. Investigators say the fire is in the lobby.

All off duty firefighters from Boardman, as well as fire departments from Youngstown, Canfield, Poland, and Beaver Township, were called out.

Police say drivers should use Southern Boulevard as an alternate route.

Apartment fire: A fire broke out on the second floor of an apartment building on the 300 block of Mathews Road in Boardman around 5 a.m.

Because Boardman crews were at the Donnell fire, the Austintown Fire Department and some crews from the dealership fire were sent to Mathews Road.

This is a developing story. Stay with Vindy.com or 21 News for more information as it becomes available.

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