UPDATE: Investigation underway in fire that sent firefighters to ER

Published: Aug. 10, 2016 at 4:50 PM EDT
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UPDATE 8/11/16 @ 1:15 p.m.

POMEROY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- The Ohio State Marshal is asking for the public’s help regarding a fire that destroyed and heavily damaged an abandoned hotel and two other buildings in Pomeroy, Ohio Wednesday afternoon.

The fire started at 226 Spring Avenue and then spread to 224 Spring Avenue and 228 Spring Avenue. Investigators say all three structures were condemned and had no working utilities when the fire started.

Six firefighters were taken to the hospital for heat related issues while fighting the fire. They are expected to be OK.

“We need your help to solve this case. Information from the public can help tremendously,” State Fire Marshal Larry L. Flowers said. “Even if you don’t think the information is relevant, it could bring the entire case together for our investigators.”

The investigation is being conducted in conjunction with the Pomeroy Fire Department, the Pomeroy Police Department and the Meigs County Sheriff’s office.

Anyone with information is asked to call the State Fire Marshal’s Fire & Explosion Investigation Bureau at 1-800-589-2728.

UPDATE 8/10/16 @ 10 p.m.

POMEROY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Brutal heat sent half a dozen firefighters to the hospital as they worked to get a fire under control that spread to three vacant buildings.

"It's hard on the human body when you get into the high 98-degree weather we have and the humidity," Pomeroy Fire Department Chief Rick Blaettnar said.

Six volunteers from four departments suffered heat exhaustion and had to be taken to the ER, the chief said.

"Dealing with those conditions, it was just overwhelming," Meigs County EMS director Robert Jacks said.

The fire was reported a little after 1 p.m. Wednesday on Spring Avenue.

The chief says they rotated crews from eight departments to try to prevent more firefighters from succumbing to the heat.

"The teamwork that we had was exceptional," Blaettnar said.

The difficulty of the task was not lost on neighbors. Several passed out bottles of water and other cold drinks to help the volunteers re-hydrate.

The firefighters that were taken to the hospital are expected to be fine, the chief says.

The fire marshal is expected to be back at the scene Thursday morning to investigate the cause.

Crews say one of the buildings that was destroyed was an old hotel that's been vacant for decades.

ORIGINAL STORY 8/10/16 @ 4:50 p.m.

POMEROY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Two buildings were destroyed, and another was damaged in a fire in Pomeroy Wednesday afternoon.

The fire happened on Spring Avenue.

Crews on the scene say one of the buildings was an old hotel that had been vacant for about 30 years. The house next door was also vacant.

Six firefighters had to be taken to the hospital for heat exhaustion. They are expected to be OK.

There's no word at this time on what started the fire.

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