GAHANNA, Ohio – Investigators are trying to determine what caused a fire that damaged a home at 2815 Berrell Ave. this past Tuesday. Mifflin Township firefighters were called to the northeast side home at 12:57 p.m. and were on scene four minutes later. Columbus Fire and Clinton Township also responded to the call.
The fire, which was under control in approximately 10 minutes, was contained to the basement and no residents were home at the time the fire broke out. Fire officials described the structure as a single story, single family dwelling with a basement.
The cause of the fire is under investigation by Mifflin Township Division of Fire and the Columbus Fire Department. Samples from the fire were obtained and have been sent to a lab for testing to assist in determining a cause.
“While the causes of this fire may yet to be determined, it’s still a good reminder to residents to check to make sure that all of their smoke detectors are in working order,” said Mifflin Township Fire Chief Fred Kauser. “Smoke alarms save lives. If there is a fire in your home, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out. With winter weather around the corner, take the time to check and make sure yours have new batteries and are working properly.”
For more information on smoke alarms, visit www.nfpa.org and remember:
Smoke alarms should be replace in your home every 10 years.
A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire. Install smoke alarms on every level in a home, in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area.
Smoke alarms should be interconnected. When one sounds, they all sound.
Large homes may need extra smoke alarms.
Test your smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.
There are two kinds of alarms. Ionization smoke alarms are quicker to warn about flaming fires. Photoelectric alarms are quicker to warn about smoldering fires. It is best to use of both types of alarms in the home.
When a smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside.
For more about installation and maintenance of smoke alarms in your home, visit http://www.nfpa.org/public-education/by-topic/smoke-alarms/installing-and-maintaining-smoke-alarms