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Columbus family escapes townhouse fire

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Thermal imaging equipment was used to determine the cause of an apartment fire at the Parkview Townhouses near Columbus East High School.

Investigators said faulty electrical wiring above the second-floor ceiling at 3338 Country Brook Street sparked the smoldering fire.

The tenant, Siva Rama Krsshnam Raju, his wife and two boys, ages 4 and 8, were not injured during the incident at 2:15 p.m. Sunday across from East Columbus Christian Church and Columbus Christian Academy.

While the ceilings of four upstairs rooms had to be pulled down, Columbus Fire Department spokesman Matt Noblitt said firefighters were able to bring the flames under control quickly.

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