Fire destroys abandoned home

One firefighter was injured when a Columbus house went up in flames early Thursday night.

Battalion Chief Lester Talley said they are unsure what started the house fire at 3005 5th Avenue. He said the call about the fire came in around 7:45, and it took crews 20 minutes to contain the blaze.

One fireman suffered minor injuries because of the heavy nature of the fire along with sweltering temperatures outside, Talley said.

The fire destroyed most of the house, which Talley believes was vacant.

Talley said it was somewhat difficult to get water to the house, and when they got there, the fire appeared to be heavy and concentrated in the attic.

"The crews did extremely well containing the fire in such a short amount of time, given the heat and smoke," he said.

Fire crews were in the process of ventilating the rooms and the attic after the fire was under control.

There were three ladder engines at the scene, as well as one EMS and a hazardous material clean-up crew.