Black smoke billows from New Carlisle business fire

UPDATE @ 12:17 a.m. (May 14)

At least a half dozen fire departments were still on scene late Wednesday night, several hours after a fire broke out in a building behind Van Scoyk Sheet Metal Inc.

Smoke was billowing from the fire, and could be seen for miles in all directions. The fire was reported around 6:45 p.m. at 475 Quick Road in Bethel Twp. outside New Carlisle.

Cameron Nagle, who works next door to the metal fabrication business said he thought it might have been his building on fire.

“I thought it was my shop and I was concerned … thank goodness, when I got down here it wasn’t,” he said. “From what I’m seeing, I don’t think anything’s going to be salvageable.”

The fire started in a storage building in back. There were reports of explosions during the fire, and crews said small propane tanks had been in the building.

No fire hydrants meant hundreds and hundreds of gallons of water had to be trucked in using tanker trucks from multiple fire departments.

“It’s just unfortunate … glad nobody got hurt,” said Rachel Van Scoyk.

The company has been the family business since 1960, and on this property since the 1980s.

Her brother was one of the firefighters with New Carlisle’s crew. He also was glad what the family saw was not worse.

“Fortunately, it’s just material and trucks … things that can be replaced,” Rachel Van Scoyk said.

A hazmat team also was called to handle oil leaking from vehicles in the garage.

A number of boats were in the back of the property, where refurbishing work may have been going on in a portion of the building before the fire started.

Witnesses said people were inside the building when the fire started, but there were no injuries.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

UPDATE @ 8:45 p.m. May 13:

A storage facility was still burning tonight nearly two hours after a fire broke out in a building behind Van Scoyk Sheet Metal Inc.

The fire was reported around 6:45 p.m. at 475 Quick Road.

Multiple fire crews and tanker trucks from surrounding area — including Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Mad River and Pike townships, Huber Heights and Springfield — responded to the fire.

According to an employee, the out building that caught fire is rentend to a boat repair shop.

There is no word on what caused the fire, nor the extent of damages.

We’re on scene and will update this report as we learn new details.


Flames were shooting from a storage facility tonight in back of the Van Scoyk Sheet Metal Inc.

Thick black smoke billowing from the fire could be seen for miles from the New Carlisle business, 475 Quick Road.

The fire was reported around 6:45 p.m. Tanker trucks from multiple fire agencies across the area have been dispatched, according to Clark County Sheriff’s dispatch.