Canton Chemical Fire: Residents Still Evacuated, New Details on Navy Yard Gunman

Canton chemical fire
Canton chemical fire

A number of schools are closed on Tuesday after a chemical reaction and fire in Canton.

According to Tad Ellsworth, the Business Manager for Canton City Schools, the following schools are closed due to the fire - Belden Elementary, Bell Stone Elementary, Gibbs Elementary, Youtz Elementary and Crenshaw Middle School. Also, any students that live in the evacuation areas will be excused from class on Tuesday despite what school they attend.

Early Tuesday morning, smoke continued to pour out of the vacant building once owned by Convoy Containers near Maple Avenue on 20th Street.

Officials with the Stark County Emergency Management Hazardous Materials Response team tell 19 Action News the company once made boxes and there are still remnants of sulfur in the building.

Although no motive is yet known, details about the suspected gunman who killed 12 people Monday at the Washington Naval Yard past are slowly coming to light.

Aaron Alexis, 34, was killed by a responding police officer after Alexis opened fire from a fourth floor atrium into a first floor cafeteria. He was armed with an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle, a .9mm handgun and another long gun. Law enforcement officials identified Alexis through fingerprints and say he worked for Hewlett Packard as a subcontractor for the Navy.

Born in Queens, Alexis was a full-time reservist from 2007 to 2011. He left the Navy on Jan. 31, 2011, as a petty officer 3rd class; he was discharged because of a pattern of misconduct, specifically because of a shooting incident in Seattle in 2004.

Alexis recently lived in Fort Worth, TX, where he was working towards a bachelor's of science degree in aeronautics at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University through online courses.

He often frequented a Buddhist temple, where he met the owner of the Happy Bowl Thai restaurant, Nutpisit Suthamtewakul.

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Julia Tullos, WOIO Assignment Manager