Multiple Units Damaged or Destroyed in Hilltop Fire
Updated: Sunday, March 31 2013, 07:03 AM EDT
COLUMBUS -- A family of seven is out in the cold tonight after a fire in a neighboring unit spread and destroyed their home.
Columbus Fire personnel responded to the 600 block of S Burgess Avenue around 2:30 am on March 31, 2013.
Upon arrival firefighters found the duplex was heavily involved in fire and spreading to a neighboring duplex.
That neighboring unit was vacant, and suffered heavy fire, smoke and water damage to the two units.
The main building on fire also had two units, one of which was occupied when the fire started.
About 10 people were able to escape their unit safely, but were out in the cold without shoes and coats until emergency responders arrived.
A number of pets were unaccounted for as firefighters battled the flames. ABC 6/FOX 28 was there when one dog was rescued from the fire and reunited with her family.
According to fire officials, 2 dogs died in the main fire unit, and another dog and large turtle were rescued.
Neighbors and investigators say the tenant of the unit the fire originated in was in the Columbus area, but, for unknown reasons, was not staying in the home at the time of the fire..
Four units in two buildings were impacted.
Arson investigators were called to the scene to investigate the cause of the fire.
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