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Dryer blamed for fire at home

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Investigators haven’t determined what caused a house fire in Shadow Creek Farms subdivision near Southside Elementary School.

Columbus firefighters said the fire began at 7:45 p.m. Monday in a clothes dryer, which had been unplugged and the circuit breaker turned off an hour before the fire broke out, according to Columbus Fire Department spokesman Capt. Mike Wilson.

Erik Laughlin was preparing to leave the home at 2880 Lakestream Drive when the smoke alarm went off, Wilson said.

When he entered the utility room, Laughlin saw smoke coming from under the Frigidaire brand electric dryer, as well as embers on the floor below the appliance, Wilson said.

When flames came through the dryer door, Laughlin grabbed a nearby fire extinguisher and attempted to put the fire out before calling 911.

The fire was out and the house had been evacuated when firefighters arrived, Wilson said.

Two pets, a rabbit and a dog, were uninjured. Ventilation fans were used to clear out the smoke, Wilson said.

The fire was contained to the dryer, and the house had minor smoke damage, he said.

Nick Laughlin, 27, who was away when the fire occurred, told investigators the dryer smelled hot an hour before the fire happened, which prompted him to shut off all power sources to the appliance, Wilson said.

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