Columbus firefighters fought a potentially tricky cabinet shop and a rare Columbus snowstorm Sunday afternoon.
It took more than 45 minutes for crews from three Columbus Fire and Emergency Medical Services stations to bring the fire at Deal’s Custom Wood Works on Cherry Avenue under control.
There was “considerable damage” to the shop, according to Battalion Chief Keith Watson.
“We pretty much fought it from a defensive position,” Watson said.
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There were two major concerns, the chemicals inside the shop and the lack of visibility.
“With the snow, it held the smoke close to the ground and the visibility was nil,” Watson said.
Shop owner Dennis Deal was watching from across the street as the crews fought the fire. He said he got a call from his alarm company shortly after 1 p.m. He has owned the business for more than 20 years.
Five fire trucks, including two ladder units responded to the blaze. At least 25 firefighters were involved in bringing it under control.
Chief Jeff Meyer was on the scene. The 27-year veteran said it was difficult conditions.
“This is the first fire I can remember us fighting in the snow,” Meyer said.