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Command requested an additional aerial apparatus from Phenix City, AL, Fire Rescue at 7:30 P.M. Phenix City Platform 1 responded with four firefighters. This apparatus was positioned on 6th Avenue at the Alpha/Bravo corner of the building and supplied with a 100-foot, five-inch line from Columbus Engine 10, which was on the hydrant at 15th Street and 6th Avenue. Phenix City Platform 1 was strategically placed to protect the structure north of the fire building, which was connected by an elevated steel enclosed walkway in case other units failed to stop the spread of flames at a fire wall. Rehab was set up near the Medical Division on 5th Avenue at 15th Street. Phenix City Platform 1 was released at 10:16 P.M.
Command declared the fire under control at 11 P.M. Forty-six firefighters operated four engines, four aerial devices, one squad and two medic units along with logistical support units at the scene. Five hydrants on the municipal water system supplied 650,000 gallons of water to extinguish the fire.
The fire scene was occupied by Columbus Fire and EMS for two weeks. The fire smoldered for weeks after the blaze as high winds continued in the area for days and the roofing material dried out and blazed up. Cadaver dogs worked the site after safety issues were addressed approximately three weeks after the incident.
An investigation into the origin and cause of the fire remains active by the Columbus Fire and EMS and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Damage was estimated at $1 million to the building. n