Fire causes damage at downtown Hamilton park

A fire early Wednesday caused damage at Marcum Park in Hamilton.

An alarm sounded about 2:45 a.m. at the Dayton Street event park along the Great Miami River. When fire units arrived, they found a lot of smoke, according to Hamilton Fire Investigator Trevor Snider.

Fire was found in a plastic water runoff grate, and it scorched the walls of a garage and restroom area, he said. The melting plastic caused a lot of smoke.

“The location of the fire is where there is no electricity, so it appears it was caused by a human event,” Snider said.

He noted it could have been by accident, such as a discarded cigarette.

“It had to be caused by an individual, but whether or not it was intentional I cannot say at this point,” Snider said.

He is continuing to investigate to determine a cause. The park does have security cameras.

The Hamilton police report estimates the damage at $2,000.

“They will have to replace the plastic tracking and do some prep and painting to the building, but there was no structural damage,” Snider said.

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