COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The manner of a fire that left a half-million dollars in damage to a fire station in northeast Columbus has been announced.
Fire Marshall Ricky Shores says preliminary information shows the fire at Station 11, located near the intersection of Warm Springs Road and Miller Road was accidental and remains under investigation.
The manner of the fire was an unknown electrical problem in the engine compartment near a wiring harness sparked an electrical fire. The ATF was called in to investigate, and so far no exact cause has been determined.
"Right now, we're getting to experience what citizens in the past have experienced in Columbus, when they have a fire at their residence. We're very fortunate in that the city has resources. So, it's not just the Department of Fire and EMS that's handling this the city works as one big team," Columbus Fire Chief Jeff Meyer said.
We want to remind northeast Columbus residents that Station 11 is closed until further notice and the firefighters that worked there have been divided between other stations.
This closure leaves a gap in covering that community increasing response times. Residents can still expect an emergency response from the Department of Fire and EMS if one is called in.
We will continue following this story and bringing you updates as they become available.