BEAVER TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WKBN) – The historical Firestone mansion went up in flames Tuesday morning.
The fire broke out at the house near the Firestone Tire testing facility on Lipply Road about 4 a.m.
Beaver Township fire officials said the age of the house was a factor in flames moving through the structure so quickly.
Tom Ellison can’t believe the old mansion is gone. He bought and then moved the 134-year-old home to its new location on Lipply Road in Beaver Township in the fall of 2011. Ellison lives nearby the unoccupied residence.
“They offered me this five acres at a dear price, and I removed the house and thought I was doing something right. But, evidently it wasn’t meant to be,” Ellison said. “It had a lot of possibilities. I had very close offers on it recently. Unfortunately, I didn’t have it insured. Shame on me. It is a total loss.”
Only a few walls remained standing after the fire was extinguished.
Randy Hoover stopped by after the fire to take a picture. Ironically, he had just been by the house on Sunday and snapped some photos and said he is shocked at the chain of events.
“I am just stunned. The history of this place, unbelievable,” Hoover said.
Gerald Horst said the neighborhood will be different now and that Ellison’s work didn’t go unnoticed.
“He put a lot of time and money and effort into it,” Horst said.
A cause was immediately determined and the State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating. Ellison said he doesn’t think it was an accident.
“They felt that it happened in the back corner of the house. There is a door there in the back corner that was unsecured. If somebody fired it up, that is possibly where it started,” Ellison said.
The mansion was moved in 2011 to the other side of the testing facility to make room for an expansion project there. Firestone sold the house and it preserved as a historical structure instead of tearing it down to make way for the expansion.
The house was originally built in 1880 by Henry Firestone.