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Columbus Police: House fire caused by children playing with matches

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COLUMBUS, Ind. (November 23, 2015) – A Columbus family was displaced Monday after their home was set on fire by two kids playing with matches.

Columbus Firefighters were called to a residential house fire around 3:30 p.m. in the 200 block of Pence Street.

Flames were consuming the garage and the back of the home when crews arrived.

Both occupants of the home and a cat made it safely out of the residence.

According to Columbus Police Department Detective Brian Plummer, a witness at the scene told officers that she saw two children playing near the garage shortly before the fire started.

Following up on the information provided by the witness, officers located the children who were at the scene.

After speaking with the children, they determine that the fire started as a result of the two children playing with matches.

Detective Plummer stated that there was no criminal element linked to the accidental fire.

The Columbus Fire Department Youth Firesetter Prevention and Intervention Team, a program to help identify risks of future fire setting and provide educational intervention, will provide follow-up services to the parties involved.