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A Columbus man was in good condition at an Indianapolis hospital Tuesday after being burned during a weekend fire.
Joshua Olmstead, 22, suffered severe burns to his face and arms in the fire at 4:05 p.m. Saturday at 803 Chestnut St. and was taken to the burn unit at Wishard Memorial Hospital.
The cause of the fire remained under investigation Tuesday. Authorities are waiting for Olmstead to recover enough from his injuries that they can interview him before determining a cause, said Matt Noblitt, spokesman for the Columbus Fire Department.
The fire started in an upstairs bedroom occupied by Olmstead’s sister, Stephanie Lark. The siblings shared the apartment with their mother, Shelley Olmstead, who was at work when the fire started.
Lark said she ran out of the house after hearing her brother yell that the house was on fire. Joshua Olmstead told police at the scene that he was cooking and that he believed a grease fire started the blaze.
However, fire investigators said the kitchen was not heavily burned and most of the fire damage was in Lark’s bedroom. The Olmstead apartment was gutted, and other units in the house sustained extensive smoke and water damage.
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