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New Year’s Eve fire at Golden Corral causes $250,000 in damage


UPDATE, 3:16 P.M.:

Columbia Fire Marshals estimate $250,000 in damage was caused by a large fire at Golden Corral.

Just after 10 p.m. New Year's Eve, Columbia Fire crews were called to a fire at Golden Corral off Clark Lane. The exact cause of the fire is still under investigation. When crews arrived, Columbia Fire said there was a lot of smoke and hot fire. Flames were visible from the road.

No one was in the building at the time and no injuries are reported, according to a news release from Columbia Fire.

Multiple fire crews were called to fight the flames. Columbia Fire used a preconnected hose line to attack the flames. Additional crews helped connect to fire hydrants and began ventilation.

Columbia Fire said crews had the fire under control in about 45 minutes. Crews remained on scene into the early morning hours out of precaution.

In total, 12 Columbia Fire crews and one University Hospital EMS crew responded to the fire.


Just after 10 p.m. New Year's Eve, Columbia Fire crews were called to a fire at Golden Corral off Clark Lane.

Multiple crews were on the scene for over half an hour after the call, fighting flames and dark smoke from the restaurant's roof. 

ABC 17 News crews on the scene said they could see the flames coming from the top of the building, along with multiple firefighters on top of the roof of Golden Carrol, working on getting the fire under control. 

Columbia Fire tweeted just after 11:00 p.m. that no injuries were reported and crews remained on the scene. 

ABC 17 news crews saw at least two fire trucks still at the Golden Corral around 2:30 a.m.

Further details about the fire weren’t available to ABC 17 News crews that were on the scene around the time of the fire.

However, a Columbia Fire crew came back to Golden Corral around 9:15 a.m. on Sunday for another check and also told ABC 17 News that Golden Corral wouldn't be open for at least that day.

ABC 17 News has reached out to Columbia Fire Department to learn more and is still waiting to get more details. 

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