COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Fire officials were on the scene of a house fire near the intersection of 2nd Avenue and 40th Street in Columbus.
A portion of 2nd Avenue was blocked off in both directions from 38th Street to 42nd Street, and the roads are now clear.
Officials say the fire started around 5:30 p.m. According to officials, a man was working on repairs inside the house at the request of the homeowner and attempted to heat something up on the stove. A fire then broke out, and the man ran outside unharmed.
"There was smoke coming out of the back of the house," said one witness. "Next thing I know, cars are pulling to the side of the road, a police officer pulls up, stops everyone, and then a man comes running out of the back bottom of the house."
"Well, we were coming from the animal hospital, and we saw smoke," added witness Hannah Hughes. "So, we walked down the sidewalk, and saw flames coming out of the house and the police were coming up as we were at the house, and basically, just a whole bunch of fire people and ambulance came."
Fire officials have ruled it an accidental fire.
The man inside the house was not sent to an area hospital for treatment.
The full extent of damages is still unknown at this time.
This is a developing story. Stay tuned for more details.