A fire at a residence on Eddy Drive in Columbus Tuesday night has left eight people homeless.
Columbus Fire and Emergency Medical Services Deputy Chief Tommy Streeter said firefighters were called to a residence at 2 Eddy Drive about about 11:30 p.m. Once at the scene, it took them about 15 minutes to extinguish a blaze. That was enough time, however, for the residence, valued at $140,000, to be almost destroyed.
Investigators ruled the fire an accident and determined it was caused by paper products being stored too close to the hot water heater, Streeter said.
The home was being rented by Tarsha Simmons and occupied by a total of 8 people, including some children, Streeter said. No one was injured.
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The Red Cross is assisting the displaced people by putting them up in hotel rooms for a few nights.