Columbus firefighters are considering a truck fire near a home in the 2100 block of Home Avenue as suspicious.

The Columbus Fire Department was called to the 8 p.m. Monday fire at 2140 Home Ave., where heavy flames filled the truck bed of an older-model Ford, said Lt. Mike Wilson, Columbus Fire Department spokesman.

When firefighters arrived, they found flames beginning to enter the truck’s passenger area, although no one was inside. The Ford truck was parked about 10 feet from a residence, but close to another passenger vehicle, Wilson said. Overhead utility lines leading to the home were also damaged, he said.

Vehicle owner Belinda Boston told investigators that the vehicle had not been driven recently because it was not insured. The bed of the truck contained rubbish, carpet, cardboard boxes, a wooden end table and other combustible items, Wilson said.

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Damage to the vehicle were estimated at $1,000 and the vehicle is considered a total loss, he said. No injuries were reported.

Firefighters are continuing an investigation into the fire’s cause and are asking anyone with information to call the department at 812-376-2679.

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