Emergency crews respond to fire in Ironton

Published: Nov. 25, 2022 at 12:46 PM EST
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UPDATE 11/25/2022

Several homes were damaged in Ironton today after a fire broke out inside a large metal garage.

Luckily, no one was inside the building at the time of the fire, but Ironton Fire Chief Michael Mahlmeister said the damage is extensive.

“Damages to two houses, two apartments, two garages, the contents of what may have been in there possibly could have been vehicles, motorcycles,” he said. “There was also a vehicle against the backside that caught fire and burnt.”

While that garage suffered most of the damage, challenges arose fighting the fire that led to one firefighter being injured.

“We actually had a couple explosions,” Mahlmeister said. “One of them was a diesel tank, the about 100-gallon diesel tank that ended up blowing the end of it out and we actually had one firefighter that was mildly injured in the explosion.”

Mahlmeister says that the firefighter is now out of the hospital.

ORIGINAL STORY

IRONTON, Ohio (WSAZ) - A fire has been reported in the 2500 block of South 11th Street in Ironton, Ohio.

Heavy smoke can be seen blocks away from the scene.

The Ironton Fire Department chief tells WSAZ.com they got the call just after noon Friday.

According to Chief Michael Mahlmeister, firefighters believe flames started in a large metal garage and spread.

Luckily, no one was inside the building at the time of the fire. However, surrounding homes did sustain heat damage, fire crews report.

A car parked behind the building also caught fire.

Firefighters respond to the 2500 block of South 11th Street in Ironton, Ohio.
Firefighters respond to the 2500 block of South 11th Street in Ironton, Ohio.(Jo weber)
Firefighters respond to the 2500 block of South 11th Street in Ironton, Ohio.
Firefighters respond to the 2500 block of South 11th Street in Ironton, Ohio.(Jo weber)
Firefighters respond to the 2500 block of South 11th Street in Ironton, Ohio.
Firefighters respond to the 2500 block of South 11th Street in Ironton, Ohio.(Jo weber)

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Further information has not been released at this time.

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