Firefighters Prevent Garage Fire from Spreading to Nearby Buildings

Columbus Firefighters battled a blaze the morning of Thursday, February 21, at a storage garage on Taylor Road, preventing the fire from spreading to surrounding property that included a nearby apartment building.

A 911 call at 7:43 a.m. alerted the Columbus Fire Department of the fire at 2712 Taylor Road, where a large, detached storage garage was engulfed in flames. Firefighters from Station 4 on 25th Street arrived within minutes of receiving the dispatch and immediately requested additional units because of the size of the fire.

Firefighters from Stations 1, 2 and 3 brought equipment and additional manpower to the scene. Acting Battalion Chief Tim Hughes managed the scene, and about 15 firefighters worked the fire in below-freezing temperatures. The cold conditions made fighting the fire more difficult.

The storage garage contained flammable materials that helped fuel the blaze. While working to put it out, firefighters also took a proactive approach to keep the fire from spreading to surrounding buildings by spraying them with water, including a Williamsburg apartment building just to the west of the storage garage. The garage sustained about $30,000 in damage.

“Even though this garage sustained heavy damage, the quick actions of our firefighters prevented this fire from spreading to neighboring buildings and endangering the lives of residents there,” said Mike Kutsko, Columbus Fire Department Deputy Chief of Operations, who was at the scene. “Our firefighters were battling the fire and the cold conditions. They did excellent work.”

A Columbus firefighter suffered an arm injury at the scene and was taken to Columbus Regional Hospital for medical treatment. No other injuries were reported.

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