JEROMESVILLE -- One man died and multiple buildings were damaged early Sunday morning during a fire along the village's downtown West Main Street.
Firefighters found the man's body in what's believed to be a second floor apartment at 10 W. Main St. when conditions allowed them to search the structure, according to a Sunday press release issued by Jeromesville Fire Department Assistant Chief John Cutlip.
The fire department did not identify the man. The Ashland County Coroner’s office was notified, along with Ohio State Fire Marshal’s Office, about the fatality.
The JFD was dispatched to a structure fire at 8 W. Main St. at 5:21 a.m. They found heavy fire conditions on the second floor to the west of the Jeromesville Pub.
Despite efforts to contain the flames, the fire spread to the Jeromesville Pub and Remaley Auction House. The Pub sustained heavy damage, but the fire was stopped before "much damage to the auction house," the release said.
"Firefighters made an aggressive attack, but were pushed back out by heavy fire conditions and roof collapse. There was collapse of the roof from the initial fire building and all efforts were then a defensive attack," Cutlip said.
One firefighter was treated and transported to the hospital, but was released soon after evaluation.
Jeromesville Fire Department requested assistance from Ashland City Fire, Hayesville Fire, New Pittsburg Fire, Wooster Township Fire, Wooster City Fire, Town and Country Fire and Rescue, Perrysville Fire Dept. Polk Fire Dept, Mifflin Township, Ashland, Mifflin Township, Richland County, and the Ashland County Sheriff's Department.
"Jeromesville Fire District would like to thank all departments involved today. This was truly a group effort to contain this fire," Cutlip said.
As fire departments worked to contain the flames, Jeromesville Mayor Randy Spade urged residents to limit water usage.
"Please use as little water as possible until further notice. All of our resources are currently being diverted to the fire," he said in a Facebook post.
Later Sunday, he thanked the fire departments and offered condolences for the life lost.
"The Council and I want to express our profound sadness at today's loss. We hope that you'll join us in lifting up family members, friends and neighbors during this difficult time as well as those who have been displaced by the fire as they cope with today's events," Spade said.
Remaley Auctioneers also addressed Sunday's fire in a Facebook post
"Just wanted to say Jeromesville Fire Department and all other fire departments that responded to Jeromesville this morning to fight the fire downtown did one hell of a good job! A fire like that could have been a lot worse if not contained properly," the post said.