Limited damage from downtown fires


By Jim Comer - DarkeCountyMedia.com



Greenville officers first responded to The Merchant House before learning of a fire near the First Presbyterian Church.

Greenville officers first responded to The Merchant House before learning of a fire near the First Presbyterian Church.


Jim Comer | DarkeCountyMedia.com

A few minutes after receiving a call at The Merchant House, Greenville fire crews were called to a dumpster fire at the First Presbyterian Church.


Jim Comer | DarkeCountyMedia.com

GREENVILLE – Authorities from the Greenville Police and Fire Departments are investigating a several incidents that took place in Downtown Greenville early Thursday morning. At approximately 4:45 a.m., officers from the Greenville Police Department responded to the report of unidentified suspects who had thrown an object through the front window of The Merchant House, located at 406 South Broadway in Downtown Greenville, and attempted to set fire to the establishment.

While officers were conducting their investigation into the incident, a possible structure fire was reported in the immediate area with the caller advising heavy smoke and flames were visible. A rubbish fire was located in the alleyway of 114 East Fourth Street, near the First Presbyterian Church, that was contained before it was able to cause any widespread damage to any other surrounding buildings. According to Police Chief Steve Strick, the fire was set in a Rumpke trash bin. There was some damage to the exterior of the church.

Later in the morning, Montage reported a small fire outside their business. There was no damage to the building.

According to the Strick, there are no suspects at this time. The Greenville Police Department and

Additional details will be released as they become available.

Greenville officers first responded to The Merchant House before learning of a fire near the First Presbyterian Church.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2019/10/web1_merchant-broken-w-1.jpgGreenville officers first responded to The Merchant House before learning of a fire near the First Presbyterian Church. Jim Comer | DarkeCountyMedia.com

A few minutes after receiving a call at The Merchant House, Greenville fire crews were called to a dumpster fire at the First Presbyterian Church.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2019/10/web1_1st-presby-fire-w-1.jpgA few minutes after receiving a call at The Merchant House, Greenville fire crews were called to a dumpster fire at the First Presbyterian Church. Jim Comer | DarkeCountyMedia.com

By Jim Comer

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