FD: 55 gal. barrel set on fire, spreads in Akron

Posted at 7:14 AM, Mar 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-17 07:14:54-04

Fire officials believe the flames that engulfed a large, vacant building in Akron early Thursday erupted after someone set a 55 gallon barrel near the structure on fire. 

The fire broke out around 4:30 a.m. on Lovers Lane near Morgan Avenue. 

An arson investigator at the scene told's Mike Vielhaber that a 55 gallon barrel near the building had been set on fire. 

Authorities say the fire is being investigated as an arson.