North Columbus family loses home in fire

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — A north Columbus family lost everything in a fire just days after the start of the new year. 

Mifflin and Columbus Fire Departments were called to the 2800 block of Berrell Avenue around 1:30 PM on a report of a house fire. 

“I’m homeless now. First time in my life I’ve been homeless,” said Bill Johnson. 

Bill Johnson and his family say they are in disbelief after seeing the home that he and many of his family members grew up in destroyed.

‘I got a call about an hour ago saying the house burned down,” said Bill Johnson. 

Bill, lived in the home with his son and three grandsons. His 15-year-old grandson was at home when the fire started. 

“My aunt was crying and I said just a little fire and she says no the house is on fire. We lost grandmas house And I just broke down in tears because I grew up here,” said India Johnson. 

India Johnson along with the rest of her family says this house is one of the only memories she has left of her grandmother who passed away in 2007

“That’s all we have left if my grandmother. And then for her to burn in the fire, her ashes and urn. That’s all we got. That’s all the family has,” said India Johnson. 

Ten minutes later, a glimpse of hope. Her grandmother’s urn with her ashes was found. 

“I thank them for going in there and getting her for us I really do. I appreciate what they did saying a prayer with our family I really do appreciate it.”

Columbus firefighters have not said what caused the fire. That 15-year-old boy made it out the house safe.

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