Cherry Street fire leaves family homeless

A fire on Cherry Street yesterday evening left a family homeless.

According to Columbus Fire Department reports, firefighters were called to the rental home at about 6:49 p.m. yesterday evening after neighbors reported the fire. When firefighters arrived, the single story home showed heavy fire along with a nearby vehicle. Neighbors told firefighters that children might be inside the home. Firefighters moved inside to search for victims and to fight the fire, but no one was at home.

Firefighters were hampered by the extreme heat of the day, and extra units were called in so firefighters could rest and rehydrate.

The resident was alerted by neighbors and he told firefighters that he and his two children had left the home about 30 minutes before the fire started.

Damages to the home and contents are estimated at $50,000. No one was injured. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Photo courtesy of Columbus Fire Department.