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Chief: Fatal Franklin Township fire started on stove; ruled accidental

When firefighters arrived early Tuesday morning, smoke was pouring from the first and second floors, according to the Franklin Township Fire Department.

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ohio — Officials have determined the cause and source of a fire that claimed the life of a man and injured a woman in Franklin Township earlier this week.

The Franklin Township Fire Department and Columbus Division of Fire responded to the fire on Brown Road just after midnight on July 5.

According to Franklin Township Fire Chief Michael Hannigan, firefighters found heavy fire coming from the first floor of the two-story apartment complex when they arrived on scene.

Firefighters immediately entered the building to find heavy smoke, flames, heat and limited visibility on the first floor. The fire was under control and contained in seven minutes.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene. The woman was taken to Grant Medical Center.

According to Hannigan, the cause of the fire has been ruled as an accidental cooking fire that originated on the stove.

The name of the man who died has not been released. The Franklin County Forensic Science Center Office will determine the cause of death.

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