Columbus firefighters were busy over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, responding to five fires, which caused no injuries but destroyed property, including Jenkins Hall, a picnic pavilion at Flat Rock Park which burned early Saturday.
The fires included:
• Jenkins Hall, 6110 Warm Springs Road. Columbus Fire & Emergency Medical Services received the call at 2:41 a.m. Saturday. Chief Fire Marshal Greg Lang said though the cause is uncertain, hot coals may have been thrown into a trash can, triggering the blaze. The park was closed and no one was present. Damages were estimated at $15,000.
• House fire at 1412 Rhodes St., reported at 4:35 a.m. Saturday. Lang said the fire started in a bedroom and is thought to be the result of careless use of smoking materials or candles. About $20,000 damage was done to the structure valued at $40,000, and $10,000 damage to the contents.
• Mobile home fire at 623 Benning Drive, reported at 3:01 a.m. Sunday. Investigators suspect it was caused by an electrical short to an electrical line running outside the front bedroom under the carport to a Christmas tree inside, Lang said. The mobile home was a total loss, estimated at $10,000 to the structure and $10,000 to the contents.
• Mobile home fire at 401 Brennan Road, Lot 165, reported at 7:24 a.m. Sunday. Lang said the fire was intentionally set, that the mobile home owner had just run a man off from the vacant trailer. The fire was limited to a dresser containing clothing in a bedroom. Damages were estimated at $500 to the dresser and contents. The blaze was put out by the owner, who saw smoke coming from the mobile home and responded immediately.