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Boarding house fire ruled accidental

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The Columbus Fire Department has ruled a Thursday boarding house fire at 938 Franklin St.was accidental due to electrical overload.

Capt. Mike Wilson, fire department spokesman, said four investigators sifted through debris at the house for several hours on Friday.

Fire Department Inspector Matt Noblitt said the building's electrical service was updated from 60 amp service to 200 amp service in 1999. The building had recently passed an inspection, Noblitt said.

Each apartment in the boarding house had all the typical appliances, including refrigerators and microwave ovens and several had hotplate cooking devices too, Noblitt said.

The fire ocurred because of an overload to the electrical system along with improper use of extension cords, Noblitt said.

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