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Electric skateboard may have caused house fire west of Columbia


A Wednesday night fire west of Columbia may have been caused by an exploded motorized skateboard, according to reports from the Boone County Fire Protection District.

Department spokesman Gale Blomenkamp said crews were called to a residence in the 4400 block of W. Rockhampton Circle around 8:30 p.m. on a report of a residential structure fire.

Blomenkamp said a 911 caller stated a battery pack on the electric skateboard had exploded.

Firefighters reported seeing smoke and flames inside the home upon arriving at the scene.

Crews were able to put out the fire quickly after entering at the front of the single-story home, Blomenkamp said. However, firefighters were able to save many belongings inside.

The blaze caused about $150,000 worth of damage, Blomenkamp said. There was extensive fire damage in the kitchen with smoke and water damage throughout the rest of the residence.

Blomenkamp said there were no injuries reported and that the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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Matt Ragsdale

Matt Ragsdale is a broadcast and digital producer at ABC 17 News.


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