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CFD Arrests Man Accused Of Starting West Side House Fire

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Arson investigators have arrested a man and charged him with arson after he allegedly set a fire at a west Columbus home early Tuesday morning.

Mikael C. Taylor has been arrested and is facing arson charges, according to the Columbus Division of Fire.

According to fire officials, Columbus firefighters were called to a home in the 30 block of North Princeton Avenue, near West Broad Street, at about 1 a.m. Tuesday on a report of a fire at a vacant home.

Fire officials say the vacant home had no working utilities, was boarded up and had been condemned.

Arson investigators were called to the scene because of the suspicious nature of the fire.

Just hours later, at about 3:15 a.m., firefighters were called back out to the area for a fire at the home right next to the first house fire.

Firefighters say the second fire may have been caused by exposure to the fire at the first home.

One firefighter was injured while battling the flames at the second home. Fire officials tell NBC4 the firefighter may have gotten insulation in his eye. He was transported to the hospital as a precaution and was released later Tuesday morning.

Officials estimate the damage to the vacant structure to be about $30,000.

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