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Fire Forces Evacuation of NW Columbus Apartment Complex

COLUMBUS (Ken Hines) -- Several residents were forced out of their homes early Tuesday morning when a fire tore through a Northwest Side apartment complex.

The fire began in a utility room at Governor Square Apartments on Bunker Hill Boulevard at approximately 2:30 a.m., and quickly spread through the attic of the complex.

Residents of the complex who first discovered the flames knocked on their neighbors' doors to make sure everyone was aware of the fire.

Among those residents not awakened by the blaze was Katie Keel, who suffers from hearing loss, but was able to escape the danger presented by the fire because of her sense of smell.

"They were banging on the door, and I'm half deaf, so I sleep sometimes on my hearing side, so I didn't hear, you know, but I could smell something," Keel said. "I realized something was going on, and I needed to get out."

No serious injuries were reported in connection with the fire, but several units sustained serious damage. Red Cross volunteers are assisting a dozen people displaced by the blaze.

Investigators have not yet determined the cause of the fire, but do not believe it was intentionally set.
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