Firefighters calling Columbus fire “suspicious”

(Provided Photo/Columbus Fire Department)

COLUMBUS, Ind. (WISH) — Fire officials in Columbus say 14 people have been displaced after an apartment fire downtown Thursday evening. Firefighters are describing the origin of the fire as “suspicious.”

Firefighters responded to the 900 block of Franklin Street shortly before 7 p.m. and found the entire front of the building consumed with fire.

(Provided Photo/Columbus Fire Department)
(Provided Photo/Columbus Fire Department)

Initial reports were that there were people trapped inside. After searching the building — which has been converted into nine apartment units — no one was located.

Firefighters had to fight to fire from the outside, because the interior was deemed too dangerous.Two sections of the roof collapsed as crews worked to put out the fire. No one was hurt.

Damages are estimated at $135,000. The building is a total loss, fire officials say. The Red Cross was called to assist the 14 occupants who were displaced by the fire.

“We’re still sorting it out,” fire investigator Matt Noblitt said Friday.  “And if we come up with multiple ways the fire could have started — accidental or otherwise — the cause may end up as undetermined.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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