2-alarm apartment fire in east Columbus ruled accidental

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Multiple firefighters responded to a 2-alarm apartment fire east of downtown Columbus Tuesday morning.

The Columbus Division of Fire was called at 6:40 a.m. to a fire at an apartment building in the 1400 block of East Broad Street.

Fire officials said the fire started in one unit and was quickly contained by firefighters. First responders transported two residents from the scene for minor smoke inhalation.

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Fire investigators called to the scene determined the cause of the fire was accidental after an extension cord was found compressed to the carpet and under some bags and clothes.

The fire department said a lamp and space heater were lugged into the extension cord and turned on.

The Columbus Division of Fire said firefighters had difficulty trying to put out the fire because multiple people drove over the fire hoses on Broad Street.

The apartment had working smoke alarms.

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