911 Calls Reveal Fear After West Columbus Home Explosion

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The Columbus Fire Department has released multiple calls that were made to 911 in the moments after a reported explosion and house fire Friday afternoon.

The fire occurred on Raspberry Run Drive in West Columbus. One caller describes a building collapse, “I think the whole building just collapsed and there is a big, huge fire.”

“There was like an explosion a few minutes ago and there’s black smoke pouring out of something, it looks like it might be some house,” another caller said.
Residents of the neighborhood told 10TV that the fire moved quickly. Somehow, the woman inside was able to get out.

Neighbors told dispatchers that the woman had escaped out the back door. Firefighters said the woman suffered a broken nose.

As firefighters rushed to the scene, neighbors rushed to her rescue.

“Caller: I just got the lady outside. Dispatcher: Okay, how much of the house is on fire? Caller: It's on fire, like big time,” the caller said.

The family’s dog was also able to escape. The family is without a home as investigators search for the cause of the fire that destroyed it.

Columbus Fire Battalion Chief Tracy Smith said that the cause of the fire is still under investigation. She said that due to the extensive damage, it could be a while longer before have an answer.

We’re told neighbors are helping the couple who lived at the house. If you are interested in helping, email landadonation@gmail.com.