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Fire Causes Extensive Damage to NE Columbus Home

COLUMBUS (Ken Hines) -- Firefighters were forced to cut holes in the roof of a burning home on Thursday morning as they extinguished a blaze on the city's Northeast Side.

Firefighters arrived at the home at 2166 Middlehurst Dr. to find that flames that began on the first floor of the house had already spread to the second story.

The intensity of the flames led responders to cut holes in the roof to allow heat and smoke to escape before firefighters could safely enter the home.

No people were inside the house as it burned, according to investigators. The homeowner was told about the fire while he was at work.

Firefighters said cold temperatures did not impact their efforts to extinguish the blaze, although they were forced to let their hoses drip water after the flames were put out in order to prevent freezing.

The fire caused an estimated $30,000 of damage to the home. Investigators have not determined the cause of the blaze, but have stated they do not believe it was intentionally set.
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