POMEROY —A three-alarm fire late Sunday afternoon heavily damaged an automotive repair business on State Route 833 outside Pomeroy.
The Pomeroy Volunteer Fire Department, along with the Rutland and Middleport fire departments, were alerted around 5:07 p.m. to a working structure fire at 33 Auto, located near the Enterprise area at the intersection of Enterprise Road and State Route 833. The fire spewed thick black smoke that could be seen for miles.
According to the Pomeroy Fire Department’s Facebook page, “Pomeroy Pumpers 1 and 3, Ladder 2 and Rescue 4 responded with Middleport Fire Department Engine 13 and Rescue 17, and Rutland Engine 42. On scene, firefighters found a one story metal car repair building fully involved. Pumpers 1 and 3 both deployed deck guns to knock down the heavy fire down before going to hand lines to extinguish the fire. Engine 13 provided an immediate second load of water to P1 as P3 and Rutland E42 shuttled water to E13 during the fire.”
After the fire was contained, Pomeroy advised Meigs 911 to contact the Ohio Department of Transportation and the Meigs County Emergency Management Agency due to an oil leak as a result of the fire. Both agencies responded to contain the leak before it reached nearby tributaries.
The business appeared to sustain significant damage and it was not known how many vehicles were inside the building when the fire started. It is not known what caused the fire or if there were any injuries.
Also on the scene were personnel from Meigs County EMS, Rutland Squad 44, Meigs County Sheriff”s Office, Pomeroy Police Department, American Electric Power and the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
A total of 40 firefighter’s responded to the call for assistance, with 22 from Pomeroy, 10 from Middleport and eight from Rutland.
Dave Harris is a freelance writer for The Daily Sentinel.