Fire at Columbus boarding house ruled accidental

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

COLUMBUS, Ind. (WISH) – Fire officials ruled a fire at a boarding house in Columbus as accidental due to electrical overload.

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.

Fire Department Inspector Matt Noblitt said the building’s electrical service was updated from 60 amp service to 200 amp service in 1999. The building had recently passed an inspection, Noblitt said.

Each apartment in the boarding house had all the typical appliances, including refrigerators and microwave ovens and several had hotplate cooking devices too, Noblitt said.

The fire occurred because of an overload to the electrical system along with improper use of extension cords, Noblitt said.

Nobody was injured in the fire.

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