Fire code violations blamed for massive brush fire in Conneaut

CONNEAUT – Fire code violations are being blamed for a massive brush fire in Conneaut last week. According to Conneaut Fire Chief Steve Lee, a recent report on the May 2 blaze that consumed some 120 acres of cornfield and adjoining land in the area of Lake and Parrish roads, shows state law sets rules for open burning, including not starting fires during daylight hours in May. The fire was apparently sparked by a barrel containing burning debris that toppled in strong winds, according to reports.