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Two firefighters injured in warehouse explosion

Published: May. 26, 2013 at 12:08 AM EDT|Updated: May. 26, 2013 at 4:09 PM EDT
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credit: Robert N. Jones Photography
credit: Robert N. Jones Photography
credit: Robert N. Jones Photography
credit: Robert N. Jones Photography
credit: Robert N. Jones Photography
credit: Robert N. Jones Photography
credit: Robert N. Jones Photography
credit: Robert N. Jones Photography

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - An abandoned warehouse went up in flames Friday night and sent two firefighters two a hospital.

One of those firefighters was discharged, but the other still remains in medical care.  He is in stable condition according to officials.

It was just before 10:30 p.m. that neighbors said they heard noises like fireworks coming from the vacant structure at Third Avenue and Railroad Street. Within minutes, the entire building was on fire.

First responders were greeted with flames reaching high above the roof. Fire officials are still trying to determine what sparked the blaze.

"Anytime you have a back draft situation, obviously it's very dangerous. It's one of the most dangerous situations a firefighter can run into. I can tell you there were several explosions that took place right around the time that firefighters arrived and started extinguishing the blaze, so we're unclear about what may have caused those explosions," said Columbus fire marshal, Ricky Shores.

Firefighters were still on scene Saturday, pumping water out of the building's basement. They say this area has a large homeless population and they are checking to see if people may have been inside the structure right before the fire.

The video of this fire in the attached clip was provided by local professional photographer, Robert N. Jones of robertnjonesphotography.com

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