Box 15 Responds to Overnight High Rise Fire

Shortly after midnight,Wednesday night/Thursday morning, fire crews were dispatched to 272 S. Gift St on a report of a fire. First arriving crews found fire blowing out a window on the fourth floor, lapping up to the fifth floor. Not long after that, a 2nd alarm was struck and our crew headed to work. Though the fire was contained to just one unit, there were numerous evacuations due to the smoke. Box 15 remained on the scene for roughly two hours.

Box 15 Responds to Warehouse Fire on City's South Side

At approximately 2:15 PM on Monday, October 3, workers inside a large 1-story warehouse noticed smoke coming from a large stack of baled wastepaper and first arriving companies found moderate to heavy smoke venting from the center of the structure.  After all employees were accounted for, an aggressive attack was initiated.  The fire burning in bales of waste paper was deep seated and involved a stack that was about 15’ high by 30’ wide and roughly 60’ long.  Box 15 was summoned approximately 45 minutes into the incident, along with 2 extra engine companies.  Although the fire was never declared beyond a first alarm, special calls for extra apparatus took it beyond a 2-alarm equivalent.

Box 15 responded with Rehab 1 and two members in private vehicles.  The first private unit arrived within 20 minutes and immediately established limited rehab sectors on both the A and C sides of the structure.  As soon as Rehab 1 arrived on scene, the A side was turned over to them.  The C sector was maintained for an additional 3 hours.

In addition to the assigned fire companies, the Columbus Fire Auxiliary responded with about 20 members.  Their crews handled a lot of the overhaul as burning bales were removed from the structure.

Box 15 remained on scene for just under 7 hours, during which time they dispensed 7 cases of bottled water, 2 gallons of Sqwincher, a dozen cups of hot chocolate and 2 gallons of coffee.   Rumpke Recycling, who was the tenant also provided 25 large pizzas for the firefighters.

Box 15 Services Used by Norwich Township Fire

Box 15 responded to the area of Jones Rd & Walker Rd on the far west end of Franklin County inside of Brown Township (Fire Services by Norwich Twp).  Reports of a fire in the home owners barn had brought out a full fire assignment from Norwich and mutual aid units.   Arriving units found a large barn with fire inside of it extending to the home.

A large tanker assignment was brought in because of no hydrants near the home.  Tankers were called from Madison and Union counties along with a mutual aid tanker from Prairie Township fire, as well as engines from Prairie, Columbus, Jerome Township, Washington Township, and Grandview Heights.

Heavy fire was found inside the house in the roof and walls, and crews spent over an hour fighting the fire.  It was not contained until two hours after the 1st units arrived.  

Box 15 crews went through ten cases of water over the four hour period while on scene.  Box 15 served 60 firefighters and cleared the fire scene around 4pm.

Photos can be seen in our account here ->


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Box 15 Says Goodbye to a Long Time Friend

Firefighters in Central Ohio lost a hero and Box 15 lost a true friend with the passing of Violet Township Fire Department’s Assistant Chief Doug Barr. Chief Barr, a “larger than life” example of a public servant will be missed by the thousands of people whose lives he touched.

Box 15 was proud to be of service during the visiting hours at the funeral home, where we dispensed three gallons of coffee, several cups of hot chocolate, six cases of bottled water and several granola bars.

Box 15 Works in Support of Recruit Class

Box15 continued it's busy August on Tuesday and Wednesday , August 17th and 18th, again providing rehab support for the current Columbus Fire recruit class. Truck 1 and company established and maintained a rehab sector during 2 days of live training burns at an old home on Lazelle Road, across the street from Station 33. Due to class size, the recruit class was split in half. Approximately 25 recruits took part in this round of live burn training; the remainder of the class will complete the same training in the next few weeks. Training academy staff were kind enough to provide extra misting units, water, and a second tent to augment the rehab sector setup. In all, Box15 provided approximately 15 cases of water, 10 gallons of Sqwincher, and several breakfast bars on the second day. Additionally, 4 cases of sports drink and 3 cases of water provided by the T.A. were used as well. 3 misting fans, several chairs, and the cooling towel system were also deployed. We express thanks to the training academy staff for the chance to participate and brush up on our skills, as well.

Photos from the training can be seen here.