UPDATE: Fire Damages N. Columbia Home
COLUMBIA - A fire in a north Columbia home caused about $200,000 in damages Thursday morning - and later that afternoon, the same house caught fire again.
The first fire occured at just before 11 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16 at 5107 Hatteras Dr.
Jeremy Spillman, the owner and only occupant of the home at the time said he stepped outside for a few minutes and when he walked back into the house, it was filled with thick smoke. Spillman got his two dogs out of the home and called 9-1-1.
Fire investigators determined the first fire was electrical and started in the basement of the home.
Around 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, KOMU crews watched as smoke billowed out of the garage of the severly damaged home.
One resident had been boarding up the house about 20 minutes prior to the smoke sighting.
Fire crews with the Columbia Fire Department were stopping by around the time of the second fire to do a routine checkup.
Eventually about 13 emergency vehicles were called to the scene.
Fire Chief John Metz said at this time there is no information on what caused the second fire. He also said due to the extensive damage caused in the second blaze, it may be hard for investigators to determine the cause at all.