Smoke seen for miles after Columbus fire

(Submitted to The Republic by Mike Hughes)
(Submitted to The Republic by Mike Hughes)

COLUMBUS, Ind. (WISH) – Columbus Fire dispatchers say they received numerous calls Monday after a fire started outside a business just after 10 a.m.

According to officials, the outside garbage fire started in plastic containers outside of Faurecia Emissions Control Technologies, a business in the 600-block of Gladstone.

The fire was found on the northeast corner of the building grounds. An approximately 6,000 square foot storage container was fully engulfed in flames.

Thick black smoke started to fill the air as firefighters worked to put out the flames.

Employees were evacuated along with several homes along State Street during the incident, but no one was hurt in the fire.

Management at the facility said a forklift operator discovered the fire. Officials say he and another employee attempted to put the fire out with a fire extinguisher before calling the fire department.

The fire was under control at 10:45 a.m. However, fire crews were on scene for over four hours controlling hot spots.

Damage was estimated around $250,000 by Faurecia. The materials are estimated to take one week to remake.

No word on what sparked the fire.

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