***UPDATE WEDNESDAY 7:17 P.M.*** Police are getting involved in the investigation after the Fire Department has deemed it suspicious. Detectives have been interviewing a list of people, including those who were at home at the time and ran out before firefighters got there.According to Columbia Fire Department Battalion Chief Brad Fraizer, fire investigators determined that the fire started in the garage. ABC 17 News talked to residents at the burned duplex that has crime scene tape around it, who are picking up what’s left of their belongings Wednesday night. Chelsea Hyde said she lived there with her ailing grandmother, but they were both not home at the time when the fire started.Hyde said her roommate was at home, noticed the fire and alerted three other people who lived in the basement to get out of the duplex. No injuries were reported and investigators do not know what started the fire Wednesday night. But Hyde said two of her family dogs died in the fire, including a pit-bull and a Chihuahua. ***ORIGINAL STORY*** An early morning fire in Columbia put two families out of the duplex they were living in. The fire started at around 2:20 a.m. at 2214 Chapel Hill Road. Firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke and flames coming from the duplex.Everyone got out okay, and no injuries were reported. Assistant Fire Marshal Tim Bach has put the damage cost at $50,000. The cause is under investigation.
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