COLUMBUS — A rural Columbus trailer home sustained extensive damage after the structure caught fire early Sunday afternoon.
Columbus firefighters were called to Countryview Estates trailer court just northeast of Behlen Mfg. around 12:30 p.m. after a fire was reported at a vacant mobile home in the 2400 block of East 42nd Avenue.
According to fire officials, the trailer home owned by Doug Adamy is in the processing of being sold and the new owners were working on the residence Sunday.
Fire Chief Dean Hefti said they went to Menards and returned to find the trailer home ablaze.
About a dozen firefighters and a pumper and tanker truck were used to put out the flames, which were initially reported as a grass fire.
“The guys did a good job knocking it down,” said Hefti, who believes the fire started in a pile of debris near the trailer home before spreading to the structure. He called the probable cause “careless handling of smoking utensils.”
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Although the fire was quickly extinguished, firefighters had to cut holes in the mobile home and remove metal panels to access hot spots.
“You just have to pull everything apart piece by piece,” Hefti said.
The fire chief said the new owners plan to repair the damaged trailer home.
No other residences were damaged and no injuries were reported.
Firefighters spent about 90 minutes at the scene.