Massive fire on South Main Street in downtown Mount Vernon, Ohio

Correction: Mount Vernon is in Ohio, not Washington as I previously had reported. In case Dave Statter is reading….The Fire Critic is not perfect!

Mount Vernon, OHIO has been all over this story. They have covered it on twitter, facebook, and youtube.

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They captured several videos of the fire. In one of the videos they actually talk about using cellar nozzles. That alone is a once in a lifetime! The Mount Vernon Fire Department responded to a call of light smoke coming from the basement of the building on the southwest corner of South Main and West Gambier streets at approximately 6:30 a.m.

According to MVFD Assistant Chief Chris Menapace, the fire started in the basement of the building which is used for storage. A gas line ruptured, which helped fuel the fire, Menapace said. Read more