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Fire destroys home on Cleveland Street


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Columbus firefighters battled a house fire at 72 Cleveland St. early this morning.
Columbus firefighters battled a house fire at 72 Cleveland St. early this morning.


COLUMBUS, Ind. — An early morning fire destroyed a single-story home and Columbus firefighters needed about four hours to get the blaze under control.

Firefighters responded to a 3:43 a.m. call today of a structure fire at 72 Cleveland St. after a passerby called 911 after noticing smoke coming from the home. The first engine to arrive reported that the house was fully involved with flames, said Capt. Mike Wilson, spokesman for Columbus Fire Department.

Firefighters deployed the aerial ladder truck to spray water on the home after a portion of the roof collapsed. They got the fire under control at about 7:30 a.m., Wilson said.

Betty Spears, the homeowner, was out of town at the time of the fire, and the other occupant, nephew Dustin Jeffries, was staying with a relative at the time, said fire investigator Matt Noblitt.

Please read Sunday's edition of The Republic for more details.

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