Northbrook Drive home seriously damaged in Sunday fire

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A Northbrook Drive home was seriously damaged in a Sunday afternoon fire sparked in a bedroom.

Smoke alarms alerted the 83-year-old homeowner, who had been napping, and she found heavy flames coming from the bedroom of her adult grandson. She fled and the grandson returned home to fight the fire with a garden hose, slightly burning his arm, says Capt. Mike Wilson, spokesman for the Columbus Fire Department.

Firefighters arrived at about 3:30 and battled the fire. After extinguishing the flames they found that the bedroom was extensively damaged, and the fire burned through the floor. It also extended into the attic and smoke and fire damage was found throughout the home. Wilson estimated that the damages were $84,000.

The grandson said he had been in the bedroom about three hours before the fire started. Firefighters looked through the debris for several hours but the cause of the fire remains undetermined, Wilson said.