A downtown Columbus home was damaged in a Saturday afternoon fire.
Firefighters were called to the 1100 block of Lafayette Avenue at just before 3 p.m. Saturday after a neighbor working outside noticed smoke billowing from the roof of a home. None of the residents were at home at the time of the fire, but many pets were inside.
As firefighters worked to extinguish the fire, relatives and the home’s residents arrived to help evacuate the pets including dogs, cats and a guinea pig. One cat was still unaccounted for Saturday.
Matt Noblitt, Columbus Fire Department fire inspector, said the fire appears to have started in a scrapbooking area on the upper floor near a electrical outlet. He said the exact cause is unknown but it is believed to be accidental. He estimated damage to the home at $100,000 and $50,000 in damage to contents.
No one was injured in the incident.