Hilliard Northwest News

Condo fire believed sparked by lightning


Lightning is the initial suspect in a blaze Sunday evening, May 11, at the Millington condominium complex in the 3400 block of Fishinger Mill Drive off Fishinger Boulevard.

"The fire is under investigation but we believe it was caused by lightning," Columbus Division of Fire Battalion Chief Tracy Smith said May 12.

Columbus firefighters received calls about the blaze at 8:36 p.m. May 11.

"We had reports of heavy fire and residents self-evacuating," Smith said.

Flames were about 40 feet high when the first fire units arrived at the scene of the two-alarm fire, Smith said.

Firefighters from Columbus, Upper Arlington and Norwich and Washington townships responded to the scene.

The fire was contained to a 12-unit condominium unit, eight of which sustained "moderate to heavy damage," Smith said.

There was no exposure damage or other damage to adjacent structures or property, she said.

Occupants of all 12 units were not permitted to return to their residences.

The American Red Cross was assisting some of the displaced residents and others left the scene with family members, Smith said.

No civilians or firefighters were treated for any fire-related injuries, Smith said.