Large warehouse fire brings back memories of intense fire in 2004

A fire that started Friday night and rippled through the former Middletown Paperboard faculty on Verity Parkway brought back memories of a February day 13 years ago with a neighboring building was destroyed by fire.

The sprawling warehouse that has been vacant for decades is next to the scene of another huge fire destroyed a 100-year-old building in February 2004.

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On Sunday afternoon, Feb. 22, 2004, fire broke out in the four-story brick building that housed Recker Custom Woodworking. When firefighters arrived, just like Friday night, they found heavy smoke and fire rolling out of the building that fronted Girard Avenue.

The building collapsed just minutes after firefighters got out. Two of the department’s fire truck sustained damage from the heat and falling brick. Fire investigators said then that determining a definitive cause of the fire would be difficult due to damage to the building.

The Recker building was eventually demolished.

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