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Firefighters working to determine cause of overnight blaze at Brookpark Skateland

September 19, 2018

Firefighters working to determine cause of overnight blaze at Brookpark Skateland

BROOK PARK, Ohio -- Fire investigators are working to determine the cause of a fire that significantly damaged the Brookpark Skateland early Wednesday.

The fire broke out around 12:30 a.m. at the iconic roller rink on Brookpark Road near West 130th Street, Brook Park fire Chief Thomas Maund said.

“We don’t know the cause,” Maund said. “It’s under investigation.”

No one was inside the building when the fire broke out.

Firefighters quickly controlled the flames and declared it completely out by 4 a.m., Maund said. No firefighters were hurt at the scene.

The fire caused significant damage, Maund said.

Firefighters from the Parma, Parma Heights, Middleburg Heights and the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport assisted at the scene.

The fire is devastating to many in the community like Mark Kuhn, of Parma, whose parents met at Brookpark Skateland.

“This is home,” Kuhn said. “This is like somebody dying.”

Kuhn stood next to his father, Dave, and friends Don and Andrea Allison, who met each other at Brookpark Skateland and recently got married.

The roller rink has been open for nearly 60 years and has been the meeting place for many married couples, Dave Kuhn said. 

The group gathered for a few hours Wednesday morning to lament the destruction caused by the fire, especially for the competitive skaters who practiced or taught at the rink. 

“This was the skating rink in Ohio,” said Don Allison.

After taking in the sights and smells left in the fire’s wake, the friends left to go to Big Boy, as per their usual routine.

“This would be our normal skating day,” Mark Kuhn said. “When something bad happens in your life, you go to Brookpark Skateland.”

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