Large fire at Saw Mill Village Apartments ruled arson

Firefighters had to use a ladder to rescue two adults, two children, two dogs and a cat from Tuesday’s blaze.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A miner faces at least two counts of arson after admitting to starting two fires at a northwest Columbus apartment complex earlier this week, according to the Columbus Division of Fire.

The two-alarm fire was reported shortly before 10 a.m. Tuesday at Saw Mill Village Apartments, located slightly east of Sawmill Road near Federated Boulevard.

When firefighters arrived on the scene, they saw heavy smoke and flames coming from the south side of one of the apartment buildings.

Columbus Division Fire Battalion Chief Steve Martin said crews went into “rescue mode” and worked to get everyone out of the building.

Because some of the exits were blocked due to flames and smoke, firefighters had to use a ladder to rescue two adults, two children, two dogs and a cat from the third floor.

A woman was taken to Wexner Medical Center at Ohio State University to be treated for smoke inhalation, according to Martin.

In an update Thursday, the Columbus Division of Fire determined Tuesday’s blaze was started intentionally and was related to another blaze the day before.

After receiving advice from residents, the minor was taken in for questioning where he confessed to starting both fires, according to Columbus Fire.

The minor’s name has not been released.

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