A DOLLAR GENERAL STORE IN COLUMBUS, OHIO, had a complete burnout Saturday morning while it was open for business. The fire is considered to be suspicious.
The fire was first noticed at 10 am. “I saw a flash of light at the top of the ceiling in the back,” employee Miranda Harris told WBNS-TV. “It was orange, so I just asked my boss, ‘Is there a fire back there?’” There was indeed a fire “back there” and all the employees and customers evacuated promptly and safely.
The Columbus FD arrived and successfully contained the fire to the store itself. The extent of the flames endangered the roof trusses early on and the FF’s had to pull back outside. The loss is expected to be from a half- to one-million dollars. A surveillance camera shows a man entering the store just minutes before the fire started and the fire marshal is interested in locating him.
This video report from WCMH-TV shows the surveillance tape along with a good report on the fire: