NEW CONCORD — A storage building at Orme Hardware on Main Street in New Concord and a nearby garage were destroyed by fire early Friday afternoon.
New Concord firefighters launched the initial attack on the blaze just after 1 p.m. with mutual aid provided by the Cambridge, Cassell Station, Perry Township and Washington Township fire departments.
The main building at the hardware store sustained fire damage on an exterior wall and smoke damage throughout the business, according to firefighters at the scene.
“We do not have a cause at this time,” said New Concord Fire Chief Brent Gates at the scene. “We are still overhauling the building and extinguishing small fires at this time. There were no injuries. Everybody was able to get out of the store safely.”
Orme Hardware owner Karen McCoy said two passers-by — a New Concord Water Department employee and a doctor whose office is located in the village — reported the fire to employees. She said no employees were in the storage building when the fire started.
“They came inside and told us the building was on fire,” McCoy said. “They were calling the fire department as they were alerting the employees.”
“The main thing is there were no injuries,” McCoy added.
The storage building reportedly contained rental equipment, lumber and other items.
The fire is believed to have started in the storage building and spread to the two-vehicle garage just a few feet away on the east side of the building.
The private garage housed a fully-restored Ford Mustang with just 60,000 miles, according to the owner. A Hyundai parked outside the garage sustained minor smoke and fire damage.
The property owner said he didn’t have time to move the Hyundai after learning of the fire.
Firefighters used ground and ariel attacks with a ladder truck to extinguished the flames that reached more than 30 feet into the air minutes after the fire ignited at the Main Street business. Crews were able to keep the fire from reaching propane tanks at the business.
Medical personnel from the New Concord Fire Department and United Ambulance were on scene to assist with rehabilitating firefighters.
New Concord police, State Highway Patrol and Ohio Department of Transportation assisted with traffic control with Main Street being closed while firefighters extinguished the fire.
American Electric Power terminated service to the area around the fire scene due to lines downed by the flames.
No damage estimate was available from the hardware store or the private garage.
The cause of the fire remained under investigation by the New Concord Fire Department.
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