Several apartments damaged in north Columbus fire

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Crews responded to a fire at an apartment complex in north Columbus Tuesday morning.

Firefighters had to call in an extra crew to fight the flames in the 8000 block of Solitude Drive.

Heavy smoke could be seen coming from the building as crews worked to put out the fire, which started around 5 a.m.

Smoke detectors went off in some apartments, alerting residents who then called for help.

Twelve apartments at the complex were evacuated and all residents were outside by the time firefighters arrived.

Investigators say the fire started in an upstairs apartment and believe it was caused by an overheated dryer in the unit. A mother and her small child were in the apartment when it started and were able to escape without injury.

Four different units at the apartment complex were damaged by the fire.

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