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Columbus Firefighters had a busy day Sunday.
Captain Mike Wilson says smoke detectors alerted two residents of an apartment fire Sunday morning at 5170 South Lincoln Village Dr. According to the report, one of the residents of the apartment plugged an e-cigarette into a laptop computer USB port in order to charge the device. At about 8 a.m., she placed the computer on its side next to a couch. Wilson says the laptop was leaning in such a way that its it fan outlet was being blocked by the carpeted floor. The residents said that 10 minutes later they heard the smoke alarm and discovered that a couch and the computer were on fire. The carpet was also damaged.
The fire was out by the time firefighters arrived. The couch, which was still smoldering at that time, was removed from the apartment, along with the laptop computer. Wilson says firefighters used a positive pressure ventilation fan to remove the smoke from the apartment.
No one was injured in the incident. Damages are estimated at $3,000. The apartment smoke detectors were in working order and Wilson added that this fire serves as an excellent reminder to the importance of having working fire alarms inside your home.
Later that day at about 2:15 p.m., Columbus Firefighters were called to Griffin Industries at 345 Water Street, for a possible structure fire. When crews arrived, they found fire outside one of the facility's barns. Battalion Chief Tim Hughes said animal rendering material had earlier been consolidated in a large pile and auto ignited.
Wilson went on to say that firefighters sifted through the pile for over an hour before the fire was completely extinguished. Crews used "pike poles", long fiberglass poles with a hook on the end, and thermal imaging cameras, to locate hot spots within the smoldering pile. 750 gallons of water was used to extinguish the blaze.
There was no damage to the structure.
Last Updated: Monday, February 03, 2014 1:46:42 PM
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