UPDATE: Fire Marshall Reports Fifth Street Fire Cause
COLUMBIA -Assistant Fire Marshal Tim Bach issued a cause on the fire at 405 N Fifth Street. After completing his investigation Bach determined that the fire was caused by smoking materials that were discarded in a combustible container.
The Columbia Fire Department wants to remind residents that working smoke alarms do save lives. Test your smoke alarms at least once a month by pressing the test button. Replace smoke alarm batteries at least once a year.
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.
If you can not afford a smoke alarm, call the Columbia Fire Department at 573-874-7556 to schedule an appointment to have free smoke alarms installed. For residences who need assistance in checking their smoke alarms, they can also contact the Columbia Fire Department.