Seven Injured in Columbus (OH) Paint Factory Fire

Majestic paints factory fire
Smoke pours from the Majestic Paints building where an explosion occurred overnight leaving eight people injured and one missing near Leonard Avenue in Columbus, Ohio on April 8, 2021. Stephen Takacs

Bethany Bruner

The Columbus Dispatch


Seven people were hurt and one person remains unaccounted for after a two-alarm fire at a paint factory on the city’s Near East Side.

The fire started around midnight at Majestic Paints, located at 1920 Leonard Ave., and involved at least one explosion.

Fire officials said many employees were able to evacuate on their own, however, two had to be rescued by fire crews. In total, seven people were taken to area hospitals. All of them are now considered stable.

Battalion Chief Steve Martin said one employee remains unaccounted for and fire crews are “doing everything we can” to find that employee.

Around 40 employees were believed to be in the building at the time the fire started.

Because a portion of the building was damaged in an explosion that started the fire, the search and rescue process is taking longer, Martin said.

There were additional explosions as the fire burned, Martin said, including at least one at another building on the Majestic Paints campus that is within 100 feet of the primary building that was on fire.

Hazmat crews and a crew from the Ohio EPA are on scene.


This article originally appeared on The Columbus Dispatch: Two-alarm fire at Near East Side paint factory injures 7; 1 missing


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