COLUMBUS – Columbus and Duncan firefighters battled five hours in frigid temperatures early Tuesday morning to subdue a three-alarm fire in a large storage building at the corner of 33rd Avenue and Eighth Street.

The 1:30 a.m. call drew 25 firefighters from Columbus and another 10 from Duncan, who closed 33rd Avenue to traffic at the south foot of the viaduct for five hours while the blaze was brought under control.

Columbus Fire Chief Dan Miller said the primarily cinder block building with an arched roof at 858 33rd Ave.,  just north of Kat’s Car Wash and Gas, was used by at tenants to store business and personal items, included automobiles, all-terrain vehicles, boats and plumbing supplies.

“We had to rotate crews in and out of the vehicles to keep warm to so people could stay warm,” said Miller, noting the mercury was in the low single-digits while firefighters were battling the fire.

“It was very cold out there,” Miller said.

There was a lot of ice in the area of the building from fighting the fire, he said, so the city came in and de-iced the area.

Miller said there was significant damage to the structure and contents of the building, but owners would conduct an inventory for a damage estimate. The State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause of the fire.

Two pumper fire trucks, two aerial ladder trucks, two ambulances and a command vehicle responded to the scene.

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