Fire destroys Columbus apartment house

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Firefighters were not able to save a burning apartment building in the 900 block of Franklin Street Thursday night, displacing 14 people from nine units. 

The fire was called in just before 7:00 p.m. by neighbors, who reported fire coming from a ground floor apartment.  Firefighters found the two story wood frame building burning on the front side when they arrived, but were able to search and clear all the units. 

No firefighters or residents were injured.

Columbus Fire Department Lieutenant Jake Barber said that the fire had entered the attic space of the home and was rapidly growing and high temperatures caused firefighters to fatigue quickly.  Incident commander Captain Andy Lay called for a defensive attack at 7:31 p.m., according to an incident report provided to media.  Lay said the smoke and fire conditions made interior firefighting too dangerous.  

Two aerial ladder trucks sprayed water down on the house, but during the defensive attack, two separate sections of the roof collapsed  to the ground. 

Columbus Fire and Police investigators are working to find a cause, but that is unknown at this time. 

The Red Cross is assisting the displaced residents.

Investigators estimated value of the home and contents at a total loss of $ 135,000. 

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