Rose Ave. structure fire under investigation


WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE — The Washington Fire Department responded to a fire call at 622 Rose Ave. just after 4:30 a.m. Sunday. The fire was in a commercial building and various other departments were called in to respond for mutual aid.

The structure was a metal building and the fire was contained to the interior, according to WFD Capt. Casey Coil.

The building is owned by JZA Realty Investments of Columbus. It was formerly a truck repair shop. Calvary Truck Repair vacated the building and moved out of state. Coil said that the former business hired someone to clean up inside the building and that person was working there Saturday.

Flames were seen coming out of both bay doors, front and rear, and the front bay door had to be cut open by firefighters, according to Coil.

Several vehicles were inside the structure and sustained heavy smoke damage, Coil said.

The Mount Sterling Fire Department responded for Rapid Interior Tactical support; Jeffersonville Fire Department, Bloomingburg Fire Department, and Wayne Township Fire responded with manpower and engine support to help rotate interior crews to knock out the fire, Coil said. The Concord Green Fire Department came to the WFD to cover the station while the incident was ongoing.

The Fayette County Box 65 truck was called to the scene to provide water, drinks and support to the firefighters of the several mutual aid departments.

The cause of the fire is under investigation and the State Fire Marshal has been called in to investigate, according to Coil.

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