A fire that occurred at a house at 2586 Canterbury Road early Sunday caused an estimated $250,000 in damage. There is damage to the entire structure, from basement to attic, Upper Arlington Fire Division officials say.

A fire that occurred at a house at 2586 Canterbury Road early Sunday caused an estimated $250,000 in damage. There is damage to the entire structure, from basement to attic, Upper Arlington Fire Division officials say.

Upper Arlington emergency dispatchers received a 9-1-1 call at 6:28 a.m. from a neighbor at 2600 Canterbury Road. Homeowner Jeff Smith, the only occupant of the home, was alerted to the fire by a smoke detector and escaped without injury.

The first fire units arrived at the scene at 6:35 a.m. and found a one-story home with flames and smoke visible from the rear of the building.

Fire from the basement had burned through part of the first floor, creating a potential collapse zone that was a danger to firefighters and hampered efforts to extinguish the blaze, explained Dan Kochensparger, UAFD spokesman.

Approximately 30 firefighters from Upper Arlington, Columbus and Grandview Heights had the fire under control at 7:36 a.m.

Fire investigators from the Northwest Area Strike Team assisted the UAFD in determining the cause of the fire, which is believed to have originated in the home's main electrical box in the basement.

"The area where that fire was most intense, that electrical box is down below that," Kochensparger said. "If all other causes are ruled out, that is the only one that is left, logically."

The $250,000 damage estimate is for both the structure building and contents, Kochensparger said.

"The insurance will make the final estimate," he said. "We base a lot of it on the assessed value with the auditor's office."

Fire officials contacted the American Red Cross to assist the homeowner, since the house is uninhabitable.