Firefighter injured battling Ohio warehouse blaze | Investigation continues

Authorities say one firefighter has been injured battling a blaze at a central Ohio warehouse, which is expected to continue burning overnight.

About 60 firefighters from as many as 13 departments responded to the fire that broke out at an industrial park around 3 p.m. Wednesday near Chillicothe in Ross County. That’s about 50 miles south of Columbus.

WBNS-TV reports the injured firefighter suffered smoke inhalation and is expected to be OK.

Crews say there were no fire hydrants in the area, so they had to truck in water from elsewhere to fight the fire.

Officials tell The Chillicothe Gazette the blaze apparently started when a burning piece of cardboard flew into the paper warehouse in the Schooley Station Industrial Park.

via Firefighter injured battling Ohio warehouse blaze | WBNS-10TV Columbus, Ohio.

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Investigators from the Ohio Fire Marshals’ office are expected to arrive on the scene of a massive fire just south of Chillicothe.

It happened off of Lancaster Road at an industrial park.

Investigators are trying to figure out what caused a warehouse to go up in flames around 2:30 Wednesday afternoon.

It took over a dozen fire departments to battle the blaze and fire officials tell 10TV that they poured over five million gallons of water on it to finally get it out.

Firefighters left the scene around 4:30 Thursday morning.

Firefighters had a difficult time battling the flames because there were no fire hydrants in the area, and the warehouse was full of paper products.

Fire officials said it may be difficult for investigators to go through the rubble because there’s nothing left of the building, and the materials that are left are tightly compacted together.

It’s unclear when an exact cause will be determined.

via Investigation Continues Into Large Chillicothe Industrial Fire | WBNS-10TV Columbus, Ohio.

 

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