Fire destroys detached garage, vehicles on Cottage Avenue

Columbus firefighters were sent to a detached garage fire in the 700 block of Cottage Avenue which destroyed the garage and two cars.

Firefighters were sent to 728 Cottage Ave. at 4:44 a.m. Monday after a neighbor told firefighters she saw flames come from the rear of the Cottage Avenue address, said Capt. Mike Wilson, Columbus Fire Department spokesman.

The neighbor, Pertness Humes, told firefighters she ran across the street and knocked on her neighbor’s door to tell them about the fire. J

ohn and Alexas Arrington were asleep in the home when Humes woke them up and the couple, with a 1-week-old infant, left the home, Wilson said.

Firefighters found the fully-involved garage fire about 20 feet from the residence and a passenger car on fire just feet from the garage. Firefighters encountered arcing power lines above the garage, which then fell to the ground, Wilson said.

The fire was brought under control at about 5:10 a.m., Wilson said. During the fire, a large portion of the garage roof collapsed on to a car and lawn mowing equipment inside, Wilson said.

A minivan near the home had heat damage from the fire. The Cottage Avenue home was not damaged, Wilson said. The cause of the fire has been classified undetermined, Wilson said. No injuries were reported.

For more on this story, see Tuesday’s Republic.