Overlook apartment house fire takes firefighters more than 30 minutes to bring under control

It took Columbus firefighters more than 30 minutes to contain a fully-involved apartment home fire in Columbus' historic Overlook neighborhood.

No one was injured in the fire, which started about 8 p.m., according to Columbus Fire and Emergency Medical Services Capt. B.J. Southerland. The home at the corner of Elmwood Drive and Blandford Avenue was divided into at least three apartment units. The brick and heart pine structure was a total loss.

Five trucks, including units from nearby Brown Avenue and downtown responded to the call. One Columbus Police officer who responded said he could see the fire from Wynnton Road and 10th Avenue.

When firefighters first arrived, the home was fully engulfed in flames. Firefighters went into the tri-plex, but were forced out by an explosion inside the structure.

As the fire burned, firefighters began to fight it using a ladder truck, pumping water on what was left of the structure's roof. No firefighters were injured fighting the blaze, Southerland said.

None of the neighboring homes, most of them single-family residences, appeared to be damaged. Some neighbors did use garden hoses to wet down roofs on houses and out buildings as embers flew from the fire.

Many of the neighbors watched from across the street as the fire was brought under control.