TIPP CITY, Ohio (WDTN) – Tipp City’s Fire Chief says “improperly discarded smoking material” is likely to blame for a fire at the Meijer Distribution Center Wednesday night.
The smoking material was thrown into a nearby area where vegetation and trash was collected, igniting a fire that eventually set a stack of tires ablaze as well.
Miami County Dispatch tells 2 NEWS the call came in just before 7:50 pm from the warehouse at 4200 S. Co. Rd. 25A.
Hear the 911 call below:
An employee called 911 and told dispatchers that an overhead door had caught fire in their 802 building. He said that the staff was initiating their emergency response plan and were working on evacuating the facility.
Upon firefighters’ arrival, they found a “well-involved” fire on the exterior of the building via open overhead truck dock doors and an access door. Mutual aid was then called for. Employees at the distribution center attempted to put of the fire with fire extinguishers and pulling the fire alarm.
However, due to the primary fire happening outside of the building, the sprinkler system did not activate. The fire was quickly out out by Tipp City fire crews. The fire extended to the truck dock overhang and in the wall closest near where the fire started. Hot spots were also quickly put out.
In addition to the entire Tipp City Fire Department, mutual aid was received from West Milton, Troy, and Vandalia fire departments. In total, the fire was contained within 45 minutes of the fire being discovered.
No injuries were reported.