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Fire Marshal orders Liberty Metroplex to be vacated

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LIBERTY TOWNSHIP, Ohio - The business widely known as the Liberty Metroplex has been virtually shut down.

Michael Duchesne of the Ohio Fire Marshal's office tells 21 news that manager of what is now called the Rodeway Inn and Conference Center, surrendered her hotel license.

21 News has obtained a copy of the letter addressed to Steven Session, Supervisor of Licensing and Registration for the State Fire Marshal.

The letter reads in part:

"We hereby relinquish our hotel and conference center license effective March 7, 2014 at approximately 9 AM due to recent fire. Also our license is lost (Original)"

The letter is signed by Indira Periyasamy.

Duchesne said the voluntary surrender of the license comes after numerous violations of the building's fire alarm systems.

Duchesne did not immediately have an exact number of citations, or over what time span they had been issued.

The Fire Marshal is investigating a fire that broke out on Monday in a hotel clothes dryer, causing smoke damage to the second and third floors.

No one was injured, but about twenty guests were evacuated.

Duchesne says that since the hotel no longer has a valid operating license, the Fire Marshal required that it be vacated by 9 a.m. Friday.  A representative from the Fire Marshal's office inspected the building on Friday to make sure that the hotel had complied with the evacuation order.

The manager of the complex also surrendered the liquor license, forcing Choices Lounge and Goodies Restaurant to close.  22 employees are out of a job as a result.

This past November, owners were unsuccessful in an attempt to auction off the full service hotel with 153 rooms sits on 11 acres of property.

According to the Trumbull County Auditor's web site, the property is owned by Aswin Ganapathy Hospitality Associates who acquired the property in 2009 for $900,000 from the previous owner, the Youngstown Hotel Association, which had paid $2.7 million for the facility.

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