Firefighters save downtown garage from vehicle blaze

Columbus firefighters say that they stopped a burning vehicle from destroying a garage last night.

The call came in at 10:37 p.m. that a sports utility vehicle was burning in a narrow alley behind the 1600 block of Washington Street. According to Capt. Mike Wilson with the fire department, to fight the fire in the alley, firefighters had to unreel more than 250 feet of hose.

Firefighters sprayed about 100 gallons of water on the burning vehicle to extinguish the fire, which consumed the engine compartment and passenger area. The garage was undamaged but a basketball goal was burned. The damages were estimated at about $1,000.

The owner of the vehicle said he had bought the SUV a few days before and had noticed a few mechanical problems. After he parked it in the alley, a family member noticed it was on fire.