The remnants of Mountaineer Metals in Pomeroy. A fire destroyed the building on East Main Street on Saturday. Photo by Kaitlin Kulich.

Pomeroy Warehouse Fire Still Under Investigation

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POMEROY (WOUB) — Little is left of Mountaineer Metals in Pomeroy after a fire engulfed it on Saturday night.

It took 5 fire departments around 5 hours to control the flames. Photo provided by Pomeroy Fire Department.

The fire was reported at 11:15 p.m and it took more than 70 firefighters to finally put it out around 4:30 a.m. No injuries were reported and the fire was contained within the building, according to officials.

Pomeroy Fire Department Chief Rick Blaettnar said he estimates 250,000 gallons of water were used to contain the fire, which he said is one of the largest fires he’s seen as a firefighter.

“This is definitely a top 10 that we’ve had,” Blaettnar said. “This is probably the biggest industrial fire that we had.”

Blaettnar said five fire departments reported to the scene Saturday night. It took crews about five hours to control the flames.

“When we turned on the corner of Butternut and Main we could already see the flames in the air,” Blaettnar said. “It was already through the roof and the building had already collapsed.”

Blaettnar said the fire got out of control so quickly because of all the metal equipment and products within the building. The cause of the fire is still being investigated by the Ohio State Fire Marshal and it is unknown when the area will be cleared.