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Firefighters, police called to apparent Columbia apartment fire

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Firefighters work at an apartment building on Towne Drive in north Columbia on Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021.
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People walk outside as firefighters work at an apartment building on Towne Drive in north Columbia on Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021.
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Firefighters work at an apartment building on Towne Drive in north Columbia on Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021.

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COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ)

Multiple Columbia police, 12 Columbia fire units and one medic responded to a fire on Wednesday morning at Columbia Crossings Apartment complex in the 1500 block of Towne Drive.

The first crew on the scene reported smoke was coming from the front door of a three-story apartment building. Once inside, crews saw the fire coming from apartment 1B inside the kitchen.

Whitney Eason, a resident, was concerned about what possessions they might lose after she moved into the building two months ago.

"I was staying in the apartment literally right next to it. When I walked out because I went out the back door, the door was open, there was this black thing and a lot of smoke just coming out, and I was like okay we need to go," said Eason.

Eason said she had video equipment and paintings that she had to leave behind to get to safety. She said she also had car trouble days before.

"I have work tomorrow, I don't know what I'm supposed to do to keep it normal. I just fixed my car and my car keys are in there. Like, My car broke down two days ago and now a fire…It's too much," Eason said

Fortunately, once Eason was able to go back in the building, she saw that she didn't lose any of her belongings to the fire.

Firefighters reported there were no injuries and everyone was able to make out safely. They also said they were able to quickly put out the fire and keep it confined in the apartment.

Anna Wilson, who lives on the third floor at Columbia Crossings apartment, said she wouldn't have known it was a fire if she didn't hear the alarms.

"I was asleep and I honestly just woke up cause I heard the fire alarms going off," Wilson said.

According to a press release, Columbia Fire Department says the cause of the fire is under investigation. However, the fire caused $15,000 in damages.

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