3 Garages Destroyed, House Damaged In West Columbus Fire

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UPDATED: Wednesday July 9, 2014 12:19 PM

Arson detectives were investigating suspicious fires that sparked in west Columbus.

Firefighters said three garages caught fire around 5 a.m. Wednesday.

The flames spread to a vacant house along Midland Avenue near west Broad Street.

Neighbors wonder why anyone would set the fire or fires.

“Flames coming out of the house,” said Rena Young. “Being too close to it and with all my kids in the house, it concerned me. I stayed out until it was all taken care of.”

Firefighters stopped the flames from reaching Young’s home.

Meanwhile, firefighters said fertilizers found inside the burned home may have been used to grow marijuana.

“Initially, we thought a meth lab, with further investigation with CPD Narcotics and our investigators on the scene, we’re finding that there’s some fertilizer products in there,” said Bat. Chief Tracy Smith.

The operation did not appear to be active.

They say the fires may have been the work of an arsonist.

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