Apartment fire caused by "improperly extinguished smoking material"

5 months 2 days 12 hours ago Thursday, March 16 2017 Mar 16, 2017 Thursday, March 16, 2017 4:38:00 PM CDT March 16, 2017 in News
By: Jacob Cavaiani, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

COLUMBIA - No one was hurt after a residential structure fire on Thursday afternoon, the Columbia Fire Department said.

In a news release, the department said it was dispatched at 1:25 p.m. to 1502 Fir Place, apartment B, after smoking material was improperly discarded. The department said it forced entry into the apartment and used a fire extinguisher on the burning carpet.

The department estimated the damage to be $1,000. No one was in the apartment at the time of the fire.

A neighbor in an adjacent apartment called 911, which prevented the fire from growing, the department said. Seven units responded to the call. 

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