Authorities are searching for the three unidentified individuals who intentionally set fire to the Offset Audio and Installation business at 1353 23rd St. early this morning, Columbus police said.
A Columbus firefighter who helped to extinguish the fire was later transported to the Midtown Medical Center for overexertion, Columbus Fire Marshall Ricky Shores said. The official is "doing OK," and no one else was harmed, Shores added.
Authorities said they were called to the area in the intersection of 23rd Street and 14th Avenue shortly after 1 a.m. in response to a fire.
Officials witnessed a "heavy fire in the entertainment and back door area" of the Offset Audio and Installation business, Shores said. The building is used as a gathering facility and audio shop, according to the marshal.
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The incident caused an estimated $20,000 in damages to the one-story structure and an additional $10,000 in damages to its content, Shores said.
A witness told police he was sitting on a porch when he noticed three males using a gas can to pour an unknown substance around the outside of the building. He said the group ran off before the Columbus Fire & EMS arrived on the scene.
The witness described the suspects as two white males and one black male wearing all black clothing. They were all between 5 foot 11 and 6 feet tall, he added.
The business owner told police that he left the business around 11:40 p.m. Wednesday and didn't know of anyone who would try to burn down his business.
Fire officials would like anyone with information concerning the incident to contact the Columbus Fire & EMS Fire Prevention at (706) 653-3520.