Smoke on Tuesday seeps out of the west side of a home located just south of downtown Columbus. A large first responder presence was on the scene, although the situation appeared to be under control rapidly.

Columbus firefighters and Columbus Police responded to a fire call at a home located in the 2900 block of 10th Street south of the downtown area shortly after 6:17 p.m. on Tuesday.

Wisps of smoke were seen escaping from the east side of the home shortly after firefighters started running water into the home with a fire hose from its west end.

On the scene were at least four fire/rescue vehicles and two ambulances. No flames were visible from the north side of the house where Telegram staff was positioned for about 15 minutes.

At the time The Telegram left, the scene appeared to be under control.

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Columbus firefighters run a hose into a house located in the 2900 block of 10th Street Tuesday evening. Smoke was visible on the west side of the house after water was turned on, however, there were no visible flames viewed from standing on the north end of the property.

Information heard over the police scanner indicated that Loup Public Power cut the power source to the home after first responders arrived at the scene. 

"It was a fire that was contained to the kitchen of the home. Firefighters got in and got the fire under control fairly quickly," Columbus Fire Chief Dan Miller said, noting firefighters searched the house and found nobody inside.

The house was determined to be vacant, Miller added, and the fire will be investigated.

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Sam Pimper is the news editor of The Columbus Telegram, Schuyler Sun and The Banner-Press newspapers. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2015.

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