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Update: Heavy damage in USS Polaris blaze

June 20, 2014
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Video from just before 8 a.m.:

UPDATED: 12:45 p.m.- Friday, June 20,

Toledo Fire Chief Joe Boll said the cause for the fire which has nearly destroyed the USS Polaris complex had been determined by noon Friday. The State Fire Marshal's Office was en route at that time to assist in the investigation. Boll said the Fire Marshal's Office was summoned due to the heavy loss and arson was not suspected. The fire broke out at the rear of the building on U.S. 63 on Toledo's north side and was reported by a passerby shortly before 7 a.m.

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Firefighters continued to extinguish hot spots in a fire which consumed much of the USS Polaris and the offices of Upah Income Tax and Bookkeeping Service and Dostal Construction in Toeldo Friday shortly before noon.
Chronicle photos/John Speer

Charlotte Upah, who along with her husband, Stan own the business told The Chronicle that were grateful their nine employees were safe. In addition to USS Polaris, the site housed her Upah Income Tax and Bookkeeping Service and offices of Dostal Construction.

Toeldo firefighters were assisted with mutual aid from Tama, Montour, Garwin and Traer fire departments. They were still extinguishing hot spots at noon as a clean up was beginning.

Highway 63 remained closed at noon on Toledo's north side with a fire hose from a hydrant three blocks to the southwest stretched across it.



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