A fire that destroyed a house two miles southwest of Taylorsville late Tuesday morning began in a clothes dryer, according to the homeowner.
Comer Plumlee said he and two young boys in the home at 5221 W. Ohio Ridge Road escaped without injury.
One volunteer firefighter was treated for heat-related symptoms at Columbus Regional Hospital while fighting the fire in 90-degree temperatures, German Township Fire Department Deputy Chief Matt Lynch said.
Three other volunteer firefighters were checked at the scene for heat-related symptoms, Lynch said.
Just before noon Tuesday, Plumlee said he noticed smoke coming from a dryer in the home’s utility room on the south side of the one-story ranch-style home.
When he saw the rubber seals and gaskets in the dryer were melting, he opened doors and windows to clear the smoke.
When his 7-year-old great-grandson yelled to get his attention, he returned to the utility room to find it engulfed in flames.
“All I worried about was getting those kids out of there,” he said. In addition to his great-grandson, a 9-year-old boy was visiting when the fire occurred.
After getting the children outside, Plumlee waved down a passing motorist on West Ohio Ridge Road and asked him to call 911.
Because there were no fire hydrants, firefighters used tankers to shuttle water about five miles round trip to fight the fire.
Comer Plumlee, a widower, said he and his great-grandson plan to stay temporarily with his son, Jason Plumlee.
Firefighters, who left the scene at 5:37 p.m., listed the home as a total loss, Lynch said.
Approximate value of the house was $80,000, with the contents valued at $25,000, according to the firefighters’ report.
Cause of the fire is still being investigated, Lynch said.