A dozen families were displaced after a Sunday morning fire at The Palms apartment complex on 2700 Double Churches Road.
Columbus Fire Marshal Ricky Shores said 12 apartments suffered damage in the blaze which took firefighters approximately two hours to get under control.
Firefighters arrived on the scene at 1:28 a.m.
Shores said about 30 firefighters were involved and there was no report of injuries to any of them or residents.
Shores said six apartments had heavy fire, smoke and water damage and six others had smoke and water damage.
"Twelve families were displaced. The Red Cross was on the scene to help them," Shores said.
Investigators arrived on the scene late in the morning. No cause of the fire at the complex, managed by Woodruff, has been given.
Shores said the situation could have been worse if not for good construction. A firewall did its job, he said.
He figured the cost of the damage to be about $350,000.
"That is a conservative estimate," Shores said.
He credited an alarm as a reason the residents got out safely.
Shores said that is an example why everyone needs to have smoke alarms that are working and also to have an escape plan from their home in case of a fire.