Newton Falls – Businesses are still open on the main street of Newton Falls after an early morning fire destroyed apartments above the shops. The store most directly affected is Healthy Treasures, a merchant specializing in organic items as well as offering natural health services, which is directly below the apartment that caught fire and has closed until further notice while damage can be assessed. Though most other businesses in the main strip are still open, for the time being the road accessing the center of the town is closed to traffic, and pedestrians are cautioned to be mindful when shopping at the other businesses, as the building where Healthy Treasures and those apartments are located is considered unstable and unsafe. The Police Department does not know when the road will reopen;  the most important thing right now is to keep residents and visitors to the town out of harm’s way. The blocked-off area also includes the Health Advocate Services offices and  Davis Insurance.  Currently the Davis Insurance Agency is working out of their other office, The Griffith Agency, Inc. located in Girard.  That office phone number is 330-545-5489.
The Brew Basket, a cafe located in the detached building on the other side of Healthy Treasures, permanently closed its doors several weeks ago.

A very special mention of gratitude is extended to the members of Station 43, the NFPD, and other emergency responders who were called out in the wee hours of Saturday morning to fight this fire and did what they could to keep the flames from causing even more damage than was done.

On October 1st, the Newton Falls Firefighters Auxiliary welcomes in fall by sponsoring their 22nd Annual Chili Cook-Off, usually held right in the middle of town. Information will be provided as soon as available as to any possible changes in the expected set-up for this year’s event due to the potentially precarious situation. Look for updates and save the date to come support the firefighters of Station 43.