House fire causes $10,000 in damages

Residential Fire

COLUMBUS, Ind. – The Columbus Fire Department (CFD) was called to a house fire early Wednesday afternoon when a neighbor reported smoke coming from a residence. At approximately 1:17 p.m., firefighters were dispatched to 111 Reo St. Crews arrived to find light smoke coming from windows and doors.

They entered the home and located a small fire confined to a bedroom. Crews reported that the fire had burned a two-foot-by-two-foot hole in the bedroom floor. When firefighters accessed the home’s crawl space, they discovered some floor joists were significantly damaged by the blaze. Crews applied water to the burned joists to prevent a rekindled fire.

Neighbors helped retrieve two dogs that had been trapped inside the house.

Darren Foster, the tenant, told investigators that he was at work when he was notified of the fire.

Capt. Mike Wilson of CFD says the cause of the fire is under investigation. Damages to the home are estimated at $10,000. No humans or animals were injured.

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