VFW Fire Update: Damage to Post 1062 Might Be Irreparable

The building could be a "total loss," according to Cuyahoga Falls Police Chief Tom Pozza.


The fire is out, the smoke has cleared but the news is less than encouraging for

At Monday's Cuyahoga Falls City Council meeting, Tom Pozza addressed the public and said that the late-19th century building could be beyond repair.

“At this time, ( Paul Moledor) is not optimistic that it’s not going to be a total loss,” said Pozza.

As it stands, no damage estimates have been released, according to a Cuyahoga Falls Fire Department press release.

Police and fire were called at 3:45 p.m. on Monday after members of the VFW smelled smoke from within the walls. The investigation to determine the cause of the fire is ongoing, but it’s believed that faulty electrical wiring was to blame.

It took fire departments from Akron, , Cuyahoga Falls, Munroe Falls, , Hudson, , Tallmadge and Twinsburg to put out the fire, which burned for about four hours.

No one was killed, but one Cuyahoga Falls firefighter was treated for minor injuries.

According to Summit County records, the building at 1581 Main St. was constructed in 1892 and became a VFW in 1923.

If you live in the neighborhood, are a VFW member or simply enjoyed stopping by for a Friday fish dinner, we want to hear from you. Please share comments in the section below or upload photos of good times spent at Post 1062. 

Jennifer February 28, 2012 at 07:47 PM
This makes me so sad! My family used to go there for their Friday fish dinners when my dad was alive. He was a veteran/POW of WWII (Air Force).
Dawn February 28, 2012 at 07:57 PM
I live in the neighborhood and at the time of the fire you could smell smoke in my house and see it billowing up the street. Traffic was rerouted to our area and it was all very odd. My husband went to the scene and shot close to 200 photos. It is amazing to see how the outside remained fairly intact but smoke was coming out from the eaves of the building. Great work by our local fire department and all the communities that came to assist.
John Deike February 28, 2012 at 08:13 PM
Hi Jennifer and Dawn, thanks for the comments! Hopefully, they can rebuild 1062.
Debbie Peebles February 28, 2012 at 09:44 PM
What a horrible shame..so glad no one was injured and I hope the fireman will be ok..Sad to see !!
Jack Kelly February 28, 2012 at 10:36 PM
This is similar to what happened to the VFW in Independence last year. That, too, was also in a very old building (was a speakeasy before the VFW got it several decades ago), and took several neighboring departments to help put out. That building was a total loss. The cause was never determined (if I remember correctly), but arson was ruled out. At the time, they vowed to rebuilt. It has not yet been re-built because of zoning issues (they were grandfathered in when the area was rezoned years ago, but those variances expired when the building was torn down).
Brian Ellison February 29, 2012 at 02:23 PM
We can supply a temporary facility while you rebuild. Please contact me at 330-998-3395...We supplied one to Independence VFW
Leo Kitty March 03, 2012 at 04:44 AM
This is very sad and I hope that they restore the old building or if they can't then rebuild it, the VFW is a great place to get a good fish meal for a fair price


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