Officials said finding a cause for the fire that caused heavy destruction to a condominium development will take days, thanks to frigid temperatures.

Officials said finding a cause for the fire that caused heavy destruction to a condominium development will take days, thanks to frigid temperatures.

Firefighters responded just before 4:30 a.m. Monday to fire reports at the corner of Weber Road and North High Street at Walhalla Terrace, a condominium complex that was under construction.

Temperatures were just above 0 degrees as 130 firefighters battled the three-alarm fire, which took them about 45 minutes to contain. As of press time Monday, firefighters had no cause, said Columbus Fire Department spokeswoman Kelly McGuire, and it could take some time to find one.

"We don't expect a cause for several days because all the water has turned to ice," she said.

J.C. Hanks, of Walhalla Development Group, the site's owner, said the group is working with its insurance company to assess the damage.

"Obviously, everyone's upset and shocked, really," Hanks said.

He declined to comment further while the fire's cause is under investigation.

Construction was scheduled to finish on the luxury condominiums this spring, according to the project's Web site, www.terracesonwalhalla.com.

The complex comprised three stories of 20 condo units above a street-level parking garage.

According to an e-mail from one of the site's realtors, seven of the condominiums, ranging from 1,190 square feet to 1,770 square feet and priced from $194,000 to $378,350, already had been sold.

The $3.5-million project earned opposition from the community before construction began earlier this year.

Community leaders opposed the project because zoning for the site, 10 E. Weber Road, allowed residential property only above retail. At that time, Columbus zoning code allowed parking to be considered a retail use.

Following a push from local leaders, that code was changed after the condominium project was approved.

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