Playing with lighter leads to apartment fire
On Aug. 5 at 10 p.m. Columbus firefighters were dispatched to a fire on the third floor of an apartment building on Wedgewood Drive.
The fire started in a back bedroom of a 12-unit building where three children under the age of 8 were being watched by two older siblings.
According to Columbus Division of Fire (CDF) Battalion Chief Michael Fowler, the fire is believed to have been allegedly started by one of the younger children playing with a lighter.
The parents had arrived by the time Fowler reached on scene.
CDF officials reported fire showing out of two windows on the southeast corner of the building. A second alarm was called due to the size of the building and the number of possible people needing assistance.
Smoke detectors were heard in the building and everyone left without injuries reported.
Fowler said tenants were temporarily displaced and most returned later that night.
Approximately 30 people live in the building.
Damage was reported to be around $45,000. The apartment units saw mostly smoke damage and tears in the walls where the CDF had to investigate.