Columbia Fire Department Responds to House Fire
COLUMBIA - Fire crews responded to a residential structure fire Wednesday morning at 2705 Squire Circle. The Columbia Fire Department received the call at 8:37 a.m. and arrived on the scene four minutes later.
Fire fighters found the source of the fire in the house's utility room and quickly put it out. According to Columbia Fire Captain John Metz, damage is confined to the utility room, but there is some smoke odor and staining around the rest of the house.
After putting out the fire, crews worked on smoke ventilation. There were no injuries reported. The house is a rental property with five people living there, one female adult and four juveniles. The department deemed the home uninhabitable at this time because the city turned off the utilities.
Columbia Fire Investigators have not yet determined the cause of the fire and it remains under investigation. Damage is estimated at $15,000. The occupants did not have renter's insurance.
The Columbia Fire Department wants to remind residents that working smoke alarms save lives. Test your 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 every sleeping room, and in a common area on every floor.