Akron firefighters to search burned-out collapsed structure for man who barricaded himself in house shortly before structure caught fire

Akron firefighters to search burned-out collapsed structure for man who barricaded himself in house shortly before structure caught fire
Firefighters are waiting until Monday to search the remains of a house at 741 Moraine Ave. (Source: Akron Fire Department)

AKRON, Ohio (WOIO) - Akron firefighters are waiting until Monday morning to search the burned-out collapsed structure in the 700 block of Moraine Avenue for the body of a man who barricaded himself in the house shortly before the structure caught fire.

The man apparently was emotionally disturbed by a family matter and refused to come out of the house at 741 Moraine Ave. on Saturday evening, according to police.

When police arrived, the man, who authorities believed had a gun, refused to exit the home.

A short time later, smoke began to pour from the structure, and police called the fire department, the Akron Beacon Journal reported.

The structure became fully involved and eventually collapsed. Fire companies used defensive tactics to put the fire out, according to a media release from the Akron Fire Department.

“We’re waiting for tomorrow morning when we can start working on the collapsed structure,” said Akron fire spokesperson Sierjie Lash.

No injuries to response personnel were reported, and the fire is under investigation, the release said.

According to the ABJ, no one was rescued from the blaze.

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