MIDDLEPORT — Quick work by the Middleport, Pomeroy and Rutland fire departments averted a major fire Wednesday evening in Middleport when the former Vaughan’s Grocery store caught fire.
The original call came in about 6 p.m. Wednesday with a report of smoke coming out of the building and a possibility of two juveniles still inside the building.
Middleport Fire Department arrived on the scene and quickly entered the building. With the help of the Middleport Police Department and Meigs County Sheriff’s office, it was determined the building was empty. Almost 40 firefighters from the three departments quickly brought the fire under control and extinguished the flames.
Middleport Fire Chief Jeff Darst said damage to the building was minor, and the state fire marshal’s office has been called to investigate.
Middleport Police Chief Bruce Swift said seven juveniles were placed in custody for questioning. The building has been vacant for several years.