COLUMBUS GROVE — Investigators from the State Fire Marshal’s Office are looking into the cause of a fire that destroyed a building at the corner of Sycamore and High streets in Columbus Grove Friday night.
The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from employees of Pizza 101 at 9:52 p.m. Friday.
“It definitely started somewhere in the pizza place,” said Bob Brubaker, Columbus Grove fire chief.
The fire quickly spread west in the 100 block of West Sycamore Street.
The building housed several businesses including Pizza 101, Heffner Printing, Bloom Boutique and the Rowdy Rooster Cafe which were all destroyed.
The Putnam County Auditor’s Office indicates the property at 101 N. High St., the Pizza 101 location, was valued at $46,570.
The Rowdy Rooster at 107 W. Sycamore is owned by The Rowdy Rooster LLC and was valued at $30,120.
The Heffner Printing location at 111 W. Sycamore is owned by Leonard Heffner and was valued at $26,680.
The property at 109 W. Sycamore, which houses Bloom Boutique is owned by Log Cabin Acres LLC and is valued at $30,170.
Multiple fire departments were called in to fight the blaze including Columbus Grove, Kalida, Pandora, Ottawa, Ft. Jennings, Glandorf, American Township, Bluffton, Ottoville, Cairo and Beaverdam.
Fire crews had to take a defensive stance in fighting the inferno.
“It’s old native lumber, just the way it was put together. The roof, you know, we were not able to get in because of fighting the fire,” Brubaker said.
Three aerial trucks were brought in to fight the fire.
There were concerns about the ability of the village’s water system to handle fire.
“We actually called in for tanker shuttle for water just in case the tower couldn’t keep up but the town’s water supply kept up, but they still used the water shuttle to help ease with using aerials,” Brubaker said.
Police departments from Columbus Grove, Pandora, Ottawa, Glandorf and the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office provided assistance.
No one was hurt because of the fire.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.