A massive fire Sunday morning caused extensive damage to RC Enterprises on Spence Rd. just outside of North Hampton.
Eight fire departments from three counties responded to assist Pike Township crews in battling the blaze.
The first call came in at 6:28 Sunday morning.
“A neighbor came banging on our door saying there was a fire at the shop,” said a member of the family. “We have no idea how it could have started.” RC Enterprises is a family-owned business.
Several firefighters compared the intensity of the fire to the blaze at R. D. Holder Oil Co. five years ago.
The two major problems encountered were a supply of enough water and moving equipment on the narrow road.
The fire was finally brought under control by 9:00 a.m.
Springfield Hazmat arrived to help control the oil mixed with water runoff from firefighting efforts.
“We had runoff across the gravel lot into a grassy area,” said Springfield Fire Department Captain Dan Faust. “We have a dam and most of that is contained.”
Pike Township road crews were called to bring dirt to help build the dam to control the runoff.
A dam was also constructed at the entrance to a building that housed tanks containing over 1000 gallons of petroleum products.
Faust also cautioned firefighters to avoid pools of water in the area that have oil floating on top.
Despite the massive financial loss suffered by the family, they and their employees provided donuts for the firefighters.
Assisting Pike Township were fire departments from Bethel Clark, Bethel Miami, German Twp., New Carlisle, Christiansburg, Springfield Township, Johnson Township/St. Paris and City of Springfield.
Neither a cause nor an estimate of loss was available.