An apartment fire in the 2200 block of North Ralph Avenue (near Grant Road and Columbus Boulevard) displaced two residents yesterday after a fire started on the balcony due to an improperly discarded cigarette. Two dogs that lived in the apartment were taken out by firefighters and are okay. The two apartment residents, a male and female, weren't home at the time of the fire.
Fire crews found one of the dogs inside as they performed a search and attempted to walk the dog out. The dog broke free, but was found a short time later. The crews then found the other dog hiding under a bed and took it outside to be reunited with his owner. The male resident had returned to the scene as firefighting operations were underway.