PAINESVILLE TWP —”Firefighters in Lake County are continuing to fight a large, dangerous fire at an industrial plant in Painesville Township — more than nine hours after it started.
The fire broke out Thursday at about 10 a.m. at Hardy Industrial Technologies on Hardy Road, located just off Fairport Nursery Road.
— Mike Waterhouse, newsnet5.com
Hardy Industrial Technologies is a subsidiary of Magnus International, whose co-owners Eric Lofquist and Scott Forster also owned General Environmental Management in Cleveland’s Flats. General Environmental Management was known for its sickening odors and violations of environmental laws, and had a major explosion in 2006. Ohio Citizen Action worked with neighbors to urge that the company be shut down. The company closed in 2008 rather than come in to compliance with the City of Cleveland’s fire code.