TROY — A Wednesday evening fire caused heavy damage to an industrial building on State Route 55 at the west edge of Troy.
The fire was reported just after 10 p.m. The caller to Miami County 911 told dispatchers that flames were showing at the rear of the Playcare Playground Specialist building.
Fire crews responded to the scene along with Troy police. First responders on the scene reported heavy fire showing and immediately called for additional personnel.
The blaze was confined mostly to the rear portion of the structure which served as warehouse and storage area for a nearby business. In addition to the warehouse/storage area at the rear, the building also is home to Playcare as well as an automobile repair shop.
Among items reportedly stored in the destroyed portion of the structure were five automobiles and both raw material and finished products from a nearby business.
Troy Fire Chief Matt Simmons said that they initially believed that they had the fire under control but some of the products inside the building were materials that even when the fire was knocked down, they would not extinguish. A crash truck was requested from Wright-Patterson AFB Fire Department. The apparatus which lays down large quantities of foam was able to smother the flames. A backhoe was also brought in to assist.
It is believed that neither Playcare or the auto repair business sustained fire damage but the extent of any damage will be determined once the fire is out and during daylight.
Both Vectren and Pioneer Electric were called to the scene to cut off service to the building.
Simmons said that both the EPA and State Fire Marshal have been called in. It is believed that due to some of the chemicals stored in the building “some sort of remedial action” will be necessary to insure no hazardous material enters the water supply. This may include “cleaning” the water that was used to fight the blaze.
Troy Fire Department reported that one firefighter sustained an injury to a finger. He was treated and released at Troy Kettering Hospital.
No cause is yet known for the fire. Simmons said that the investigation into a cause will likely be a long process due to the size of the fire and amount of heat generated.
Investigators hope to establish a loss figure soon.
Tipp City, Pleasant Hill, and Ludlow Falls fire departments provided mutual aide. Simmons said that humid conditions called for some extra manpower to be on the scene.
Fire units cleared the scene around 4:30 a.m. An engine remained on the scene for fire watch throughout the night.
State Route 55, between Barnhart Road and Nashville Road was closed to thru traffic as firefighters fought the fire.
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