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Walnut Run barn declared a ‘total loss’

Boardman man charged with arson

Staff photo / Ed Runyan Cortland fire Chief David Rea walks around the burned out maintenance building at the former Walnut Creek golf course Tuesday morning, taking photos of what is left. The building was determined to be a total loss.

CORTLAND — Fire destroyed a storage barn at the former Walnut Run golf course off Everett Hull Road, and a Boardman man is charged with arson.

The fire happened 6:30 a.m. Tuesday and the state fire marshal’s office sent an investigator, according to Cortland fire Capt. Todd Price. The state’s investigation started about 9 a.m.

A Boardman man was arrested on suspicion of arson, according to a book-in report from the Trumbull County Sheriff’s office.

A person driving down state Route 11 reported the fire, Cortland fire officials said. The fire was knocked down by crews about 6:52 a.m., the report states.

The blaze still was smoking at 9 a.m., but fire officials were waiting for the go-ahead from the fire marshal’s investigator before putting out the rest of the hot spots.

The structure was involved fully when firefighters arrived, Cortland fire Chief David Rea said. No one was injured. The fire was under control in about 20 minutes. The Bazetta and Howland fire departments assisted.

The barn was empty and none of the golf course buildings were occupied, fire officials said.

When Cortland police arrived, they found the fire, then also found a man walking east on Everett Hull covered in mud. He told officers he had frostbite, but authorities were checking him for possible burns. After further investigation when they brought him to the scene, the report stated the man did not have injuries connected to the fire.

Thomas McIntire, 44, of 4405 South Ave., Boardman, is charged with arson, criminal trespass, and breaking and entering. Arraignment is scheduled for this morning before Central District Judge Thomas Campbell in Cortland. McIntire remains in Trumbull County jail pending arraignment.

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