|08-16-03: Air conditioning unit ignites small fire at
Celina Big Bear store
|By MARGIE WUEBKER
An air conditioning unit at Big Bear apparently caught fire Thursday
morning, filling the 725 W. Logan St. grocery store with smoke.
Celina Fire Department responded around 11:30 a.m. with two trucks.
Firefighters were on the scene an hour, according to Lt. Doug Wolters. Ventilation fans
were set up to draw out the smoke. He had no estimate regarding damage to the air
conditioning unit and its framework mounted on the west side of the block building.
Six employees and five to six shoppers were inside the store at the
time. An unidentified shopper reportedly spotted smoke coming from the unit. Employees
then summoned Celina firefighters.
Initial reports indicated the store was fully engulfed. Thankfully,
that was not the case.
"Smoke was rolling out of the southwest corner pretty hard,"
said Matt Cahill, an employee of Select Motors, 809 W. Logan St. "It really did look
like the building was engulfed."
Cahill, also a member of the St. Henry Fire Department, grabbed a fire
extinguisher from the service department and ran across the street. Framing around the air
conditioning unit apparently caught on fire at that point. Several blasts from the
extinguisher quickly doused the flames, he said.
Store employees referred all questions regarding the fire's impact to
Big Bear headquarters in Columbus.
The grocery was open for business as usual Friday.
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