People able to return to homes after crews battled fire at west Columbus building

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The approximately 150 people ordered to evacuate their homes are now told by Columbus Fire it is safe to return.

Several families took shelter inside the West High School building as flames ripped through a business in West Columbus Friday night.

The flames were first reported at the Market Day facilities Friday around 9p.m. As firefighters assessed the huge blaze, a second alarm was sounded for additional help.

Residents in the Valleyview area were asked to evacuate. Some families living in homes in the highest-impact area along Westmoor Court, Westmoor Drive and Westmoor Place said they were approached by first responders who told them to leave immediately.

People living within Fisher Road to the north, Wilson Road to the west, North Hague Avenue to the east and the railroad tracks to the south were included in the issued evacuation.

The Red Cross offered shelter to those residents while Columbus firefighters battled flames for hours overnight.

At one point the flames consumed huge parts of the building and caused walls to collapse. Crews were forced to retreat. Chief Steve Martin said everyone inside the structure successfully made their way out without injury.

AEP was reporting more than 2,200 customers near the fire scene were without power.

Officials are calling the Valleyview neighborhood once again safe.