Structure fire forces closure of westbound Business Loop lanes

10 months 6 days 23 hours ago Thursday, March 16 2017 Mar 16, 2017 Thursday, March 16, 2017 8:53:00 PM CDT March 16, 2017 in News
By: Jacob Cavaiani, KOMU 8 Digital Producer
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COLUMBIA - Firefighters responded to a structure fire at Ashland Auto Sales that closed the westbound lanes of Business Loop 70 East Thursday evening.

Firefighters responded to the scene, 605 Business Loop 70 East, around 5:45 p.m., according to dispatch logs. At 5:56 p.m., Boone County Joint Communications reported the westbound lanes of Business Loop 70 were closed near Seventh Street due to the fire.

Crews arrived four minutes later and found a fire in the attic space of the shop portion of the structure. Assistant Fire Marshal Mike Bauer investigated the fire and determined the cause was electric. 

In a tweet at 6:37 p.m., the Columbia Fire Department said the fire was under control. There were no injuries reported. 

Damages are estimated at $200,000. 

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