Crews battle flames for hours on city’s southwest side

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FRANKLIN TWP (WCMH) — Columbus fire crews have a second-alarm warehouse fire contained on the city’s southwest side.

The fire started around 7:15am Saturday morning at the Capital City Rebar warehouse on Stimmel Road.

“We thought we would be evacuated, but thank goodness we weren’t,” said Barbara Trimmer, a resident who lives near Capital City Rebar. She describes the fire as intense. “I had my bedroom open a couple inches and I could smell it, and it was intense.”

Franklin and Pleasant Township fire crews, along with Columbus firefighters, battled the flames, but not without a big obstacle to overcome first. It took crews three times longer than it would normally take to get this fire under control because the nearest fire hydrant was more than a mile away. Tanker trucks were brought in and crews stretched hoses across roadways.

“The fire continued to grow and it’s pretty much gutted the building of origin,” said Battalion Chief Steve Martin.

Crews then heard what sounded like explosions, but the sound was most likely that of the walls falling.

“The walls to the east side or the rear of the building collapsed. We couldn’t get access back there because there’s power lines there,” Martin added.

Fortunately, no one was hurt. Crews worked for hours to put the fire completely out.

Investigators have not determined what caused the blaze yet.

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