Two Families Displaced After House Fire

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Two families are left homeless after a fire destroyed their house early Sunday morning.

The fire started around 3:30 a.m. on South Burgess Avenue in west Columbus.

Virginia Hodge said her home is now a burnt shell.

“I’m surprised we made it out OK,” said the mother of four.

Hodge said she was asleep with her 18-month-old baby when she noticed a flicker of light outside the front window.

She said that was when her boyfriend opened the front door to investigate.

“He opened the door, and flames shot in,” Hodge said.

She ran outside to find the entire house was on fire.

Firefighters on scene called the fire suspicious.

Investigators spent much of the morning sifting through debris hoping to find a clue as to what started the fire.

Hodge said that she did not think the fire was accidental.

“I heard from a neighbor that they saw six people running from that side of the house, and the next thing they knew, they saw me take my babies across the road,” Hodge said.

One of the two families was home, but everyone got out safely.

Two dogs were killed.

The vacant house next door suffered minor damage.

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