River Road Pharmacy caught fire Sunday night, sending flames yards into the sky and requiring some firefighters to be carried from the blaze.
Witnesses spotted the smoke at 5100 River Road around 9:30 p.m., said Timothe Humphrey, who was sitting in the back seat of a car driving on River Road. His vehicle pulled into a parking lot, and he called 911.
Moments later, Columbus Fire and EMS was at the pharmacy sitting between two gas stations.
At 10 p.m., thick, gray smoke billowed from the front and sides of the building. Minutes later, a firefighter crawled through the broken front door and was helped from the area.
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Another firefighter who was inside the building was carried by two others to a stretcher. Other firefighters also had to be taken from the scene.
Smoke gave way to flames around 10:25 p.m. They grew from the building’s rear, only yards from a tree line. Water issued from a ladder truck, making the flames disappear for moments before it grew again.
Five minutes later, flames had apparently filled the building and were visible through the windows.
Sgt. Lance Miller said at 11 p.m. that firefighters were still battling the blaze. The cause of the fire was unknown at the time.