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Plain City fire

100-degree heat hampered firefighters' efforts

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

The combination of fire and high temperatures resulted in five injuries at a Plain City fire last week.

PressWorks, a printing company at 315 Bigelow Ave. in Plain City, reported a fire at 2:44 p.m. Thursday, July 18.

PressWorks was started more than 25 years ago in a former church and has expanded many times. Pleasant Valley Fire Chief Mark Kidd said the front building, which is about 10,000 square feet was ablaze when firefighters arrived.

Columbus, Washington, Norwich and Jerome township fire departments also responded.

"The biggest factor dealing with it was it's a warehouse, a commercial property, so it's in itself a larger fire," said Norwich Fire Chief Bob Kaufman, who also responded to the fire.

"You also have 98-degree weather, with the heat factor it's 100-some (degrees), so there's fatigue with fighting the fire."

Three firefighters reported heat-related injuries and Kidd said two were sent to the hospital and another was treated on the scene.

Two other firefighters were burned fighting the fire.

Kaufman said the Norwich firefighter had second-degree burns on his hand, but was treated at Ohio State Medical Center and released the same day.

"He is home and he's recovering at home," he said.

"Those people are home and resting comfortably," Kidd said of the firefighters injured.

With high temperatures and a large building, firefighters remained on scene until the next morning. "Our last company cleared at 10:30 a.m. (Friday, July 19)," Kidd said, adding that there was structural collapse.

"Needless to say we had some places we couldn't get all the way out. We left crews there to let it cool on its own."

The State Fire Marshal is currently investigating the fire, Kidd said, and no preliminary causes have been released yet.