Bryan Truck Line weathers fire

A fire at Bryan Truck Line destroyed a vehicle but caused no reported injuries.

No injuries were reported in an indoor vehicle fire at Bryan Truck Line on Thursday.

Montpelier, Bryan and Florence Township fire departments responded to a report that the facility, at 11912 Ohio 15, was filling up with smoke, around 7 p.m. Thursday.

While the cause of the fire is still unknown, according to Montpelier Assistant Fire Chief Brian Fritsch, a tractor-trailer inside the building, the business’s wash bay, caught fire and had to be extinguished by crews.

“I really don’t really know what would have started it at this point,” he said.

A Bryan Truck Line official said employees there believe the blaze began with a short somewhere in the truck.

According to Fritsch, three workers inside the building called in the fire.

At least one other truck and a front-end loader were inside the building, but did not catch fire.

The fire led Montpelier fire officials to close Ohio 15 from Ohio 107 to Magda Drive for about an hour and a half, according to Fritsch.

“We had to run our supply line across the road,” Fritsch said, noting that Williams County sheriff’s deputies and Montpelier police also aided with directing traffic at the scene.

The vehicle that caught fire was a total loss, while the building and wash station itself suffered a minor level of smoke and heat damage, as did some of the company’s electrical infrastructure. A company official said a damage estimate would be tallied over the weekend.

Williams County EMS also responded to the scene.

The investigation into the fire is ongoing.

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