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Firefighters describe Thursday boarding house fire as 'suspicious'

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Columbus firefighters describe the origin of a fire in a downtown boarding house Thursday as "suspicious," Columbus Fire Department spokesman Capt. Mike Wilson said.

But it could take days to determine the cause of the fire that displaced 14 residents and destroyed the two-story building at 938 Franklin St.

"We're still sorting it out," fire investigator Matt Noblitt said Friday.  "And if we come up with multiple ways the fire could have started — accidental or otherwise — the cause may end up as undetermined."

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