Woods fire started accidentally

COLUMBUS, Ind. — A fire that burned about 15 acres of wooded area on the west side of Columbus, near Grandview Lake, started accidentally.

A homeowner was burning stumps at the edge of the woods Saturday when the wind kicked up and carried hot embers into the woods, which caught pine needles and leaves on fire, said Billy Koons, Southwest Volunteer Fire Department’s chief.

Bartholomew County’s 911 dispatch center received a call about a fire in the 13000 block of Bellsville Pike at 5:02 p.m. Firefighters arrived on the scene about eight minutes later, Koons said.

Please read Monday’s edition of The Republic for more details.

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Kirk Johannesen is assistant managing editor of The Republic. He can be reached at johannesen@therepublic.com or (812) 379-5639.