Fire Destroys Part of Columbus Farmers Market (NJ)

Burlington County firefighters brought a four-alarm fire under control at the popular Columbus Farmers Market in Springfield, reports The Courier-Post.

The fire appeared to be contained to Building 4, according to Springfield Mayor Denis McDaniel, who was at the scene. No one was inside the building, and no injuries were reported. The flea market is closed on Tuesdays.

Firefighters were summoned to the scene at 2:06 p.m. by a building alarm. Three ladder trucks sprayed water on the roof, and the fire was brought under control by 3:45 p.m. About 150 firefighters responded from all parts of Burlington County, according to Juliustown Fire Chief John Trout.

“Unfortunately, there were heavy winds,” said McDaniel, “but fortunately, there are fire walls in between the connected sections of the building, which prevented the fire from spreading.”

The mayor said emergency responders arrived at the scene quickly. Initially, the winds were so strong, black smoke blew horizontally over the building.

Trout said the wind made it more difficult to fight the fire. Building 4 suffered extensive damage, and Buildings 3 and 5 sustained water and smoke damage. The cause was not known Tuesday afternoon.

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