SIC SEMPER TYRANNIS!!! News
Mark and Yahshua Matheny Reporting
May 2, 2015
Reporters Mark and Yahshua Matheny
Yahshua and I went to the scene and caught footage as it happened, and then I was interviewed on ABC 6 News..........
SOUTH COLUMBUS (Dawn Faugl) -- Columbus firefighters are on scene of a four-alarm fire off Marion Road in South Columbus. The fire broke out in a pallet storage area next to Phoenix Recycling Plant.
It started as a two-alarm fire but quickly escalated. Columbus Fire tells ABC 6/FOX 28 they are in defensive mode. Nearly half of Columbus Fire Department's firefighters are on scene working to get it under control.
The company says they'd just ended a shift for the day, and all workers were able to get out safely.
Heavy flames could be seen from across the street, and people have reported seeing the smoke from miles away - as far as Ashville and Chillicothe.
Fire Chief Tracy Smith says burning plastic is causing the thick black smoke, and they are asking people nearby to "shelter in place" because of safety concerns with the smoke. Columbus Police officers are also going through some nearby neighborhoods letting people know they might need to leave, but at the moment any evacuations are voluntary.
A company executive told fire officials he tried to call 911 multiple times, but all the circuits were busy.
Marion Road is shut down between Parsons and Lockbourne while firefighters are on scene. About 24,000 AEP Ohio customers are without power right now, after Columbus Fire asked them to shut down a nearby substation. AEP says power will be restored when the fire department gives them the all-clear.
Stay with ABC 6/FOX 28 for the latest on this developing story.