Former church destroyed, four other buildings damaged in fire
Firefighters put out the remains of a fire on the corner of Indianola and 8th avenues near the Ohio State campus on Saturday morning. Two cars were destroyed by the flames.
A fire that started in a vacant former church in Weinland Park early Saturday burned so hot and spread so quickly that cars parked on the street were torched and destroyed and even the lights on nearby lampposts melted.
The good news, however, was that even though residents — including a few Ohio State University students — had to be evacuated from the surrounding apartment buildings, no one was injured by the threealarm fire, said Columbus Fire Battalion Chief Steve Martin.
The former church building on the southeast corner of the 1400 block of Indianola and 8th avenues — near the OSU campus — was