Columbus Firefighters battled a fire at an apartment complex in north Columbus Monday night.
Thirty-six apartments along Le Marie Court were evacuated at about 7 p.m.
"I saw a bunch of billowing black smoke and I didn't know if it was my complex or not." Eric Hoy said. "I saw people throwing clothes and stuff out of their apartment closer to the smoke."
Residents could be seen carrying their belongings in bed linens and suitcases.
Flames could be scene miles away in downtown Columbus.
100 Firefighters, including crews from the Westerville Fire Department, responded to the scene.
"I grabbed my money and ran." Hoy said.
The cause of the fire was not immediately known, but investigators said that they believed the fire began in a storage shed.
Columbus Fire Chief Michael Fowler said the shed was filled with furniture and carpets.
"It was really scary." Courtney Plaza said. Plaza and her husband gathered their family and animals and ran out. "He had one cat. My daughter had another cat. I had my purse shoes and pop trying to carry what we could."
The fire was being initially called suspicious by investigators.
There were no reports of injuries.
The fire caused more than $750,000 in damage.
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