Fire crews are on the scene of a duplex fire on Columbus' west side this morning. Columbus Fire Lieutenant, Ryan Brzezinski says three people died in the fire that started just after three a-m in one side of the duplex.
The identities of the victims are not being released. It took firefighters a half-hour to contain the blaze, and crews are still investigating the cause.
A neighbor says he tried to rescue the victims but the flames were too hot to enter the house. He believes the fire originated in the rear of the home.
Fire chief Dave Whiting says they were first told that four people were in the structure, however firefighters were unable to find a fourth victim. Whiting says the three probably died of smoke inhalation, and he isn't sure if the home had working smoke detectors.