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Flammable liquids and freezing temperatures challenged Columbus firefighters Thursday morning as they fought to keep a blaze in a storage and maintenance building from spreading to nearby apartments.

The fire broke out shortly after 7:30 a.m. in a four-bay, detached building in the northeast corner of the lot containing Williamsburg Apartments, 2712 Taylor Road.

The flammable liquids caused the fire to erupt quickly and gain strength, according to Columbus Public Safety spokesman Matt Myers. Due to the size of the blaze, a total of 15 firefighters from four stations were sent to the apartment complex behind Holiday Center.

The large number of firefighters on the scene allowed the department to not only work on extinguishing the outbuilding fire but also spray the nearby apartments to prevent the fire from spreading, Myers said.

CFD Lt. Steven Yeley was taken to an urgent medical care facility for treatment of an arm injury. Myers said that although the injury isn’t considered serious, Yeley will be home recovering for at least a few days.

About three blocks of Taylor Road, just north of 25th Street, were closed while firefighters were at the scene.

Damage to the building has been estimated at $30,000. While there were no vehicles inside, the facility did contain a number of fixtures, countertops, flooring, furniture and tools.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, according to fire officials.

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