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Olander Park concession stand burned down


Building on the west side of the Olander Park lake was burned overnight.

The Blade/Natalie Trusso Cafarello
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Olander Park's concession shack was destroyed in a fire today.

At 3:02 a..m., Sylvania Township Fire Department responded to a building fire at Olander Park, 6930 Sylvania Ave.

When the City of Sylvania Police arrived on the scene about five minutes later, followed by the fire department, the building which contains vending machines was engulfed in flames, Fire Chief Jeffrey Kowalski said. 

There was no way to save the building, which is located on the west side of the park's lake, he said.

Fire and emergency responders worked together to ensure the adjacent pool and life guard shed was protected from the flames. 

No one was hurt. Chief Kowalski said the pool and life guard shed may have sustained heat damage. 

Olander Park was broken into Memorial Day weekend, one of several incidents at the park in recent months. In the May incident, two suspects vandalized several buildings on the property, including the concession stand and the vending machines. 

Park officials said they are not sure why the stand has been targeted.

"It's in an area that is lit up. It's near condos," Park Director Gary Madrzykowski said. 

Chief Kowalski said the fire department, city and township police, and state fire marshal are investigating. No suspects were identified.

Mr. Madrzykowski said the building had a value of at least $5,000, not including the vending machines and their products. 

Contact Natalie Trusso Cafarello at: 419-206-0356 or 

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