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Fire at Lakeside-Marblehead storage facility

Alex Green • Aug 28, 2014 at 3:57 PM

green@oc-register.com

UPDATE 5:17 p.m.

A long structure at Lakeside Marblehead Storage housing dozens of units burned to the ground Friday.

Firefighters from 11 departments fought the blaze for the majority of the day Friday, and some were still on site around 4:45 p.m.

Danbury Township police Chief Michael Meisler said it is unclear how the blaze started. 

Given the nature of storage units, there's no telling what exactly was being stored in it, Meisler said.

"You name it, (it was in there)," Meisler said.

Firefighters fought the blaze from all angles and were using axes to penetrate the structure.

A Danbury Township firefighter was taken to the hospital for heat exhaustion, another Danbury firefighter said, and his condition is not severe.

Around 1:30 p.m., a radio broadcast called for all county fire departments to respond to the scene.

Spectators gathered around, wondering what was burning.

"You just don't what's in there," one man said. "Could be boats, could be gas tanks."

Thick smoke bellowed high above the approximately 6,000-square-foot structure and was seen from miles away.

One man said the dark smoke could be smelled and seen from the Ohio 2 exit in Danbury Township, about five miles away.

Others said they saw the smoke in Sandusky.

East Harbor Road was closed most of Friday between Danbury schools and the Post Office.

No one else was injured from the blaze, officials said.

UPDATE 2:02 p.m.

Multiple fire departments were still trying to put out a destructive blaze around 1 p.m. Friday that started inside a Danbury Township storage unit around 10:45 a.m.

A large structure at Lakeside Marblehead Storage housing dozens of units was fully engulfed.

Firefighters fought the blaze from all angles, and were seen using axes to penetrate the structure.

Danbury Township police Chief Michael Meisler said it is unclear how the blaze started. One firefighter of an unknown department was taken to the hospital, Meisler said.

Around 1:30 p.m., a radio broadcast called for all county fire departments to respond to the scene.

Prior to that call, Danbury Township, Catawba Island, Port Clinton and Bay Township fire departments had already responded to the scene.

East Harbor Road is currently closed from the area of Danbury schools to the area of the Post Office.

ORIGINAL STORY

A blaze started at the Lakeside-Marblehead storage facility earlier today. Danbury Township and Catawba Island Volunteer fire departments are on the scene of the fire on Ohio 163.

Check back for updates as they become available

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