Firefighters battled the blaze at Dorsey’s Designer and Fine Furniture store for nearly three hours early Sunday before containment.


PERRY TWP.  Fire destroyed most of a wholesale furniture store early Sunday morning in the 4500 block of Tuscarawas Street W.

Flames reached approximately 10-feet high from the roof as firefighters arrived at Dorsey’s Designer and Fine Furniture store, and the blaze burnt for nearly three hours before it was contained, according to Deputy Chief Mark Abbott, of the Perry Fire Department.

Firefighters responded shortly after 12:15 a.m. Sunday to the store at 4541 Tuscarawas St. W and saw flames shooting up from the back of the structure. They monitored hot spots from about 4 to 9 a.m. Sunday, Abbott said.

A defensive approach was taken when firefighters battled the fire, Abbott said, meaning they did not enter the building to attack the blaze and worked from outside to preserve nearby structures, which were not impacted.

“There were serveral layers to the fire, and the building collapsed,” the deputy chief said. “I’d say two-thirds of the building are gone.”

The bulk of damage was to the back storage area of the furniture store, which had a mostly wooden second floor, roof and garage area, Abbott said. Those areas were lost in the fire.

The front showroom of the building facing Tuscarawas Street was mostly saved, according to Abbott, who said the fire originated in the north side of the building.

Cause of the blaze has not been determined, but Abbott said it’s believed to be accidental. An investigation is ongoing.

“We’ll try to figure all that out (later) this week,” Abbott said about how the fire started.

Montetary loss of the building and contents, mostly furniture, stored inside the building has not been estimated, Abbott said.

Assisting Perry at the scene were firefighters from Massillon and Canton, in addition to Jackson, Plain and Canton townships.

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