COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – An apartment fire on the far west side of the city damaged several units and displaced many residents.
The fire occurred Monday night at around 10:40 p.m. at the Bridgestone Apartments off Spindler Road near Hilliard. The blaze caused damage to a few units on the end of a 16-unit complex but because of the building’s size it was upgraded to a two-alarm fire.
At this point, investigators are not sure what started the fire. No one was injured in the fire.
A person who lives at the complex said one of their neighbors went around knocking on doors to make sure everyone was awake and alert.
The Red Cross was there to help the displaced residents. Volunteers from Box 15 were also there to help people and the firefighters.
Box 15 is a nonprofit made up of all volunteers. Their mission is to help re-energize and hydrate firefighters as they fight the blaze.
“It was a large fire we were supporting over I’m going to say, 80 firefighters. And while we were there, we were passing out water, gatorade. We were also giving out granola bars so they can get their nutrients back in them and get some carbs in them. We also were using our cancer wipes so we can help clean their skin once they take their gloves off,” said Joe O’Brien, a member of the Executive Board of the Box 15 Club.
O’Brien said multiple agencies responded to Monday night’s fire.
“It was definitely a large fire. Like I said, there were a lot of people out there that we were supporting and we were there for probably about three hours on the scene with the firefighters,” O’Brien said.
Box 15 responds to around 200 events each year to help firefighters. O’Brien said they also are there to listen and help people feel safe during a tough time.
“There were a lot of people that were displaced from that fire. So we were out trying to help make sure that they had water and kind of keeping them near our area. So when Red Cross arrived, the Red Cross would have an easier time finding them,” O’Brien said.
The Red Cross said they are currently providing financial assistance to more than a dozen families.