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February 12, 2014

8 depts. respond to house fire

WEST SALEM TOWNSHIP — A state police fire marshal is looking into the cause of an early morning fire Tuesday that destroyed a West Salem Township house.

Flames had engulfed the building when the first firefighters arrived shortly after 5:10 a.m. at 186 Clarksville St., said Bill Brown, assistant chief of West Salem Volunteer Fire Department. The fire apparently began at the rear of the house, he said.

The single family dwelling, a two-story house, collapsed into its foundation. No one was in the building at the time and there were no injuries, he said.

State Route 18 – Clarksville Street – was closed for about four hours until about 9:20 a.m.

Dino Tofani, owner of the house, had insurance, Brown said, adding that he didn’t know if tenants were living there.

However, a man whose address is listed as 186 Clarksville St. on police reports was arrested twice in the last couple weeks.

Seth R. Zarecky, 19, was charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia when police were called to the 186 Clarksville St. house at 10:14 p.m. Jan. 31 for another matter, Greenville-West Salem Township police said.

Zarecky was also charged Jan. 25 with theft of leased property when he failed to return movies and games to Family Video, Main Street, Greenville, and admitted he sold them for rent money, police said.

West Salem volunteers were assisted by firefighters and equipment from Greenville, Transfer, Hempfield Township, Clark, Jamestown and Burghill Vernon in Trumbull County and East Fallowfield in Crawford County.

As a Clark tanker truck was responding to call for more manpower, it was sideswiped at 6:43 a.m. on Route 18 at Edgewood Drive, Pymatuning Township police said.

Water from the tanker shut down Route 18 until about 8:15 a.m. when PennDOT crews arrived and covered the icy road with salt and aggregate, police said.

During the same time frame, Pymatuning police said they tried to find the driver of a truck who took off after the truck crashed into a telephone pole. Police said there were newspapers all over the inside of the abandoned truck, leading them to believe it was some sort of delivery vehicle.

Herald Staff Writer Joe Wiercinski contributed to this story.

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