Fire destroys building at Rogers Flea Market in Columbiana County

The Rogers Community Auction and Market is located in rural Columbiana County

Rogers Flea Market fire
Courtesy: Steve Niles, sent via Facebook

ROGERS, Ohio (WKBN) – A fire destroyed a building at the Rogers Flea Market in Columbiana County late Friday night.

Reports of a fire started coming in just before 11 p.m.

A neighbor noticed a building at the market on fire and called for help, while another call came in by a vendor who was still at the site.

Co-owner Connie Hugharty said the building where vendors sell their goods caught fire, not the building where food is sold.

The damage was contained to one open-air building. The pavilion, which was empty except for some hay during the fire, is completely gone.

Hugharty said she is calling all 19 vendors that occupied the space to tell them where they should set up next Friday — business will resume as normal.

“Hopefully they will let us clean up by next Friday and it will be gone and we will be doing business as usual,” said co-owner Ken Baer. “Maybe a little singed, but we will still be here.”

Lisbon Fire Chief Paul Gresh says the building was burning for some time before anyone got there. He believes it started near the center of the building.

“When we got here, the roof was even down. When East Palestine, they were the first ones here, said it was fully involved,” he said.

There’s no word yet on the cause of the fire, but no one was hurt.

Hugharty said she believes the wind was blowing away from nearby buildings, which kept them safe from exposure, and the rain before the fire may have also helped save them.

Vendors do not leave their goods there overnight, so there is very little loss of property.

Hugharty says they do have insurance and they plan to rebuild.

They had finished up the flea for the day, but had an auction that wrapped up around 10 p.m.


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