5 Firefighters Injured While Battling Blaze At Plain City Commercial Building

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UPDATED: Thursday July 18, 2013 7:15 PM

Firefighters worked to fight flames and billowing smoke at a commercial printing business in Plain City Thursday afternoon.

The fire at PressWorks, located at 351 Bigelow Ave., was reported shortly before 3 p.m.

Crews from nearly a dozen local fire departments and emergency management agencies responded to the 5-alarm fire.

The intense heat and fire caused five firefighters to be hospitalized.  The village spokesperson says three firefighters sustained injuries from the heat and two firefighters were burned from a flashover, which is an quick burst of flames when it becomes heated to the flash point.

The owner of the company says approximately 65 employees were inside the building, but all made it out safely.

Neighbors told 10TV they were shocked by what they watched.

“Smoke (was) billowing out of the side of it, up through the roof. You could see it. Then all of a sudden you see the fire trucks come in and you knew something was wrong… when the electrical went up, it sounded like a million fire crackers. I was worried about the fire boys up on the roof,” said neighbor Bryan Temple.

Officials said the fire was contained around 5:30 p.m.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation.

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