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Electrical short blamed in Columbus house fire

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Officials say a nail driven through an electrical wire in an interior wall was the likely cause of an afternoon house fire Wednesday in Columbus.

The unoccupied home at 22 Jones St. was undergoing renovations when the fire started shortly after 1 p.m., according to Columbus Fire Capt. Doug Hollenbeck.

Damage to the rental property, owned by Richard Blasdale, was estimated at $5,000. Hollenbeck said quick response from firefighters at Station 3 helped keep the incident from turning into a major house fire.

He also credited the renovation workers, who quickly called 911 after the fire broke out.

“If it had been reported 20 minutes later, we would have had something major on our hands,” Hollenbeck said.

Firefighters from three stations were on the scene within minutes and were able to contain the fire and smoke to a small portion of the residence.

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