Fire destroyed a garage and damaged a fence and wooden play set at a Columbus home.

Columbus firefighters were called to a garage fire at 1024 Pennsylvania St. at about 6 a.m. Tuesday and found a detached garage near an alley fully engulfed, said Capt. Mike Wilson, Columbus Fire Department spokesman.

The garage was about 25 feet from a home and the extreme heat from the garage fire had begun to melt the home’s vinyl siding, Wilson said. A wooden play set in the backyard also was damaged.

The fire also was beginning to spread to a wooden privacy fence that divides 1024 Pennsylvania St. from 1020 Pennsylvania St., Wilson said. The fire also spread to a large tree and the lawn.

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Columbus firefighters had the fire under control at about 6:19 a.m., although the garage roof collapsed and firefighters stayed for an extended amount of time to douse hot spots in the garage, Wilson said.

Kayla Burns, who rents the house and garage at 1024 Pennsylvania St., said the detached garage did not have electrical power and was locked when the fire occurred. Burns told firefighters she used the garage for storage.

Seth Shelton, the neighbor at 1020 Pennsylvania St., told firefighters he was home when he and his wife heard noises and saw that the neighbor’s garage was on fire and called 911.

Both properties are rentals, managed by TLC Properties, Wilson said.

Firefighters said the fire cause has been ruled undetermined. Damages to the garage, wooden play set and siding are estimated at $15,000. No injuries were reported.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at or (812) 379-5631.