Middletown fire crews continue to put out hot spots at ‘catastrophic’ warehouse blaze
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (FOX19) - More than 24 hours after it started, firefighters continue to tackle hot spots from a warehouse fire in Middletown.
The fire was first reported at 300 South Verity Parkway around 6:40 a.m.
Flames were under control as of 11:40 a.m. but rekindled around 1:45 p.m., according to a news release from the Middletown Fire Department.
Middletown Fire Chief Paul Lolli calls the damage to the vacant building “catastrophic."
“It’s just flames shooting out the top of the building,” Middletown resident Sandy Manzon-Korich described. “The building looks like the entire roof has collapsed. Driving down the road, you can see the walls have collapsed. It’s just horrible.”
No injuries have been reported, but a power outage resulting from the blaze caused problems throughout the community.
“We have a terminally ill neighbor who called and said he needed help because he couldn’t get his oxygen on," Manzon-Korick said. “So, went over and helped him turn his portable oxygen on.”
The power reportedly came back on around 7 p.m.
Still, the community’s concerns remain, as according to some residents the warehouse acted as a makeshift shelter for the homeless.
According to a tweet from the City of Middletown, Verity Parkway will “be closed until further notice”.
Verity southbound is being detoured at First to University and around to Yankee.
The detour for Verity northbound is University and back around to Reinartz.
The news release says the warehouse was most recently owned by BP Logan Corporation and the Butler County Auditor foreclosed on it in Oct. 2018.
A foreclosure judgment was issued in April 2019 and the court ordered the property to be sold.
After two failed attempts to sell the property in Nov. 2019, the Butler County Prosecutor’s Office asked that it be sold to the state of Ohio.
There is no word on what caused the fire.
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