Columbus Fire: Bomb squad starts fire in home while disposing of chemicals

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — A fire broke out at a home on the east side of Columbus around 6 p.m. as the bomb squad was attempting to dispose of suspicious chemicals.

At about 10:39 a.m., crews responded to a home in the 600 block of South Hampton Road on the report of a hazmat situation after a person called 911 saying something had exploded in their friend’s hand, according to Columbus firefighters.

Police said there was a possible meth lab in the residence, but fire department officials say the house had suspicious chemicals inside. While disposing of the chemicals, the Columbus Division of Fire bomb squad accidentally caught the home on fire.

The Columbus Division of Fire says six homes have been evacuated in the area, and CFD hopes to have the chemicals dealt with by dusk so residents can return to their homes.

One person from the home was taken to Grant Medical Center in an unknown condition.

The Federal Bureau of Investigations and Department of Homeland Security were on scene to investigate.

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