The Columbus Fire Department is investigating a Wednesday afternoon garage fire that completely destroyed an SUV, the garage itself, as well as its contents. Captain Mike Wilson, CFD spokesman, says that firefighters were called to the 5300 block of Rocky Ford Road at approximately 2:43 p.m. after a neighbor witnessed fire coming from the detached garage.
Wilson says that during the investigation, authorities learned that a 2004 Jeep Liberty, which had been experiencing mechanical issues, was parked in the garage. The homeowner reportedly told investigators that he recently replaced a leaking fuel line and repaired some electrical connections. Authorities say that the vehicle had been running earlier in the afternoon before being parked in the garage. According to the homeowners, they left the property at approximately 2 p.m. with no indication of any problems in the garage.
Wilson says that the cause of the fire is undetermined. Damages are estimated at $9,000 and no injuries were reported.