A firefighter with Columbus Fire and Rescue walks into a burned house on Waterworks Road after extinguishing the fire Thursday. The house, which caught fire just before noon and is no longer livable, was home to 12 people. Photo by: Mary Pollitz/Dispatch Staff
June 29, 2018 10:27:25 AM
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A Columbus family lost their home in an afternoon fire in east Columbus Thursday.
Responders with Columbus Fire and Rescue received a call just before noon of a house fire on Waterworks Road. Two people were in the house at the time it caught fire, including an infant who was treated on-site for smoke inhalation but did not need to be hospitalized, CFR Public Information Officer Anthony Colom said.
Colom said the child's mother, who was the other person in the home, was able to get to safety with her child.
The homeowner, Lyanna Sloan, who is the grandmother of the child who was treated, was not home at the time of the fire. She said she arrived when her house was "in flames" and firefighters were already at the scene.
Colom said 12 people live in the house.
Firefighters battled the flames for just longer than half an hour. The fire was extinguished by 12:30 p.m., leaving the house destroyed with extensive smoke, water and fire damage. Colom confirmed it is "not livable."
Authorities are still investigating the cause of the fire.
The Red Cross has been contacted to help the residents find a place to stay.
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