Fire at abandoned Piqua plant leaves 3 homeless

PIQUA, Ohio (WDTN) – The Piqua Fire Department battled a fire at an abandoned factory in Piqua Friday.

Photo/Mike Ullery, Piqua Daily Call
Photo/Mike Ullery, Piqua Daily Call

Flames were shooting from the building that once housed the Piqua Fish and Ice Company when firefighters arrived around 4 p.m.

“The flames where pretty big. They were a good 50 to 60 feet in the air,” said Timothy Lee who watched the fire burn. “The heat you could actually feel from a block block-and-a-half away. “

Witnesses told 2 NEWS they heard some sort of explosions inside the building as the fire burned.

For time, arching power lines near the fire scene posed a danger and firefighters took a defensive mode and let the fire burn.

The landlord told 2 NEWS the building was used to store maintenance chemicals.

There also was an apartment that was part of the structure that was destroyed. The three people that lived there got out safely, but are now homeless.

No injuries were reported .

The cause of the fire has not been determined.

The Covington and Casstown fire departments were called for mutual aid assistance.

The building is located at the corner of Ohio and First streets.

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