Structure fire forces closure of westbound Business Loop lanes
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.