Fire departments battle blaze at Ohio warehouse

CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a fire severely damaged a warehouse in a central Ohio industrial park, but there were no immediate reports of any injuries.

Firefighters from more than a dozen departments responded to the blaze that began Wednesday afternoon near Chillicothe (chihl-ih-KAHTH’-ee) in Ross County. That’s about 50 miles south of Columbus.

Crews fought the blaze with water trucked in from elsewhere because of a lack of fire hydrants in the immediate area.

Ross County sheriff’s Sgt. Mont Steele told The Chillicothe Gazette the fire apparently started when a burning piece of cardboard flew into the warehouse in the Schooley Station Industrial Park.

A sheriff’s dispatcher says the fire was reported about 3 p.m., and firefighters were still battling the blaze hours later.

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