Stonegate Apartments fire extinguished before extensive damage

Columbus firefighters put out a blaze Wednesday night at Stonegate Apartments that threatened to ignite the attic and roof.

According to Columbus Fire Department reports, they were called to the apartments on Wint Lane at about 6:35 p.m. Wednesday evening about a third-floor patio fire. They were told a plastic chair on the patio was burning. From the street level, firefighters could see flames climbing up the patio walls and approaching the ceiling.

Columbus police arrived on the scene and began warning tenants on all three floors. Firefighters deployed 200 feet of hose up to the apartment to put out the fire and found that the flames had melted through the vinyl patio ceiling. They discovered minor charring to the roof decking but said the fire was confined to the balcony and had not spread to the attic.

Water caused damage to all three floors and damages to the building are estimated at $25,000 dollars.

Managers of the apartment complex said they would provide any needed temporary shelter for residents displaced by the fire.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. No injuries were reported at the scene.

Photos courtesy of Columbus Fire Department.