Fire units from Urbana, Mechanicsburg, St. Paris and Moorefield Twp. battled a fire that destoyed a storage business on James Ave. in Urbana.

2 firefighters hurt battling fire at Urbana storage unit

Two firefighters suffered minor injuries as they battled a fire this afternoon that tore through an Urbana storage facility.

Both firefighters were taken to Mercy Memorial Hospital in Urbana for injuries that were not life-threatening, said Mark Keller, chief of the Urbana Fire Division. Firefighters responded at about 2:45 p.m. to the fire in the 900 block of James Avenue. The east side of the building was engulfed when they arrived, Keller said. Aside from the firefighters, there were no other injuries, he said.

“We attempted to attack the fire from each end to pinch it off,” Keller said. “The fire continued to spread and the wind was a hindrance to us for that attack.”

The building was destroyed in the fire, and firefighters were still trying to determine the cause of the blaze late this afternoon. Smoke from the fire was visible as far away as Home Road in Springfield.

Estimated monetary losses also were not available.

Firefighters from Moorefield Twp., Mechanicsburg, St. Paris and Adams Twp. assisted at the scene

UPDATE @ 3:20 p.m.

Crews from multiple jurisdictions are battling a fire at storage facility.

Heavy smoke and flames are visible and the 900 block of James Avenue is blocked to traffic.

We’re told the storage facility is used for boats and RVs.


A fire was reported at a storage facility in the 900 block of James Avenue in Urbana.

Original reports indicated this was at Sleeping Bear Storage, however the fire is across the street.

We have a reporter on the way to the scene; we’ll bring you more information as it becomes available.


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