25 year Columbus Firefighter was injured during a suspicious house fire in southeast Columbus.(Photo: Columbus Fire Department)
25 year Columbus Firefighter was injured during a suspicious house fire in southeast Columbus.(Photo: Columbus Fire Department)

Columbus Firefighters are investigating an arson fire at a vacant home in the Southeast part of town that sent a firefighter to the hospital.

Battalion Chief Patrick Ferguson says the blaze occurred early this morning at 1298 East Gates Street. He says a 25 year member of the fire department whose name was not released suffered broken bones to his ribs and back when he fell through the first floor.

“There was multiple set fires inside the structure. We do have some people, some neighbors that witnessed some individuals leaving the home and they were able to give us a description. We’re still trying to locate those individuals so we can question them and try to put the pieces of the puzzle together.”

Ferguson says the injured firefighter is expected to leave the hospital today.

The fire he says caused about $70,000 in damages.

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