A fire in the utility room of a house at 6717 Playfield Drive Monday night is under investigation by Columbus Fire & Emergency Medical Services.
Resident and owner Edward Quinones told a fire investigator he was awakened by noise outside. When he went outdoors, Quinones said he noticed someone running from the house. That's when he noticed a fire in his utility room, which is attached to the brick house, Chief Fire Marshal Thomas Streeter said Tuesday.
Streeter said the call came in at 11:20 p.m. When firefighters arrived, they found the utility room afire and were quickly able to bring it under control. The house sustained only smoke damage, Streeter said.
Damages to the utility room are estimated at $20,000 and the contents, $5,000. No injuries were reported.
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While there was an electric hot water heater in the area, Streeter said the cause of the fire is undetermined pending an investigation.
"We've had some problems in that area around Carver Heights," he said.