Sprinkler System Saves Apartment
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Fire Department responded to a commercial structure fire at North Garth Avenue at approximately 10:18 p.m. Saturday. Crews reported the sprinkler system activated and extinguished the fire in Oak Towers apartment 709. They also reported a significant amount of water on the seventh floor that flowed down to the first floor. Crews immediately began salvage operations. According to a press release from the fire department, rescue workers worked for about two hours to clean up the water.
Assistant Fire Marshal Brian Davison investigated the fire and stated the cause of the fire was unattended cooking. A sprinkler head extinguished the fire before the fire department arrived. There were no injuries associated with this fire, and Davison issued a preliminary damage estimate of $5,000.
The Columbia Fire Department wants to remind residents that working smoke alarms save lives. The fire department also urges residents to test smoke alarms at least once a month by pressing the test button, replace smoke alarm batteries at least once a year and replace smoke alarms every 10 years. To ensure adequate protection, place smoke alarms in bedrooms and a common area on every floor. If you cannot afford a smoke alarm, the Columbia Fire Department invites you to call 573-874-7556 to schedule an appointment to have free alarms installed. Residents that need assistance checking their smoke alarms can also contact the fire department.