COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Columbus firefighters have flames from a second-alarm fire contained in northeast Columbus.
The fire was reported around 6am Sunday morning at 5464 Foxhound Lane, at the Villas at Little Turtle apartment complex.
According to Battalion Chief Steve Martin with the Columbus Division of fire, the residents of the apartment awoke to strange noises in their apartment. They then discovered that the roof and chimney of their apartment was on fire, called 911 and started knocking on doors to let their neighbors know about the fire.
When firefighters arrived on the scene, the fire was coming through the roof of the apartment building and spreading quickly through the attic and roof.
Martin said all residents and pets were safely evacuated, but the building sustained heavy damage.
“One one end of the building, there was a front unit and a back unit and four apartments that way. All four of those units were severely damaged,” Martin said. “And form the end of that, it went off like an apartment row. There a few apartments further down that row that were damaged.”
Investigators say that the fire started in the walls near the fireplace and chimney of 5464 Foxhound Lane. The residents told investigators that they had a fire going in the fireplace Saturday night, and when it died down, they closed the doors and went to bed. Investigators also say that the residents did everything right, including burning the appropriate amount of firewood.
Firefighters from Westerville, Clinton Township, Mifflin Township and Plain Township assisted the Columbus Division of Fire. The blaze was contained by 7:11am, but companies are still on scene monitoring for hot spots.
Volunteers with the American Red Cross are assisting 23 people from 14 units.
Volunteers are helping those affected by the blaze with a place to stay, as well as providing comfort, food and clothing.
“We are meeting one on one with these families with our mental health volunteers, so they can talk through their feelings and start that emotional recovery process today,” said Tetting.