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Firefighters battle overnight house fire in central Columbia


The Columbia Fire Department responded to a house fire in central Columbia early Saturday morning.

A CFD spokesman said firefighters were called at about 2:15 a.m. to a two-story building with two apartment units on E. Burnham Road. They found heavy flame coming from a garage. The fire took about 20 minutes to put out, he said.

Four people were inside but were not injured.

The fire department tweeted photos from the scene around 3:40 a.m. showing flames coming from the home.

Information on what started the fire wasn't available Saturday morning.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Katie Greathouse

Katie Greathouse is the assistant news director for ABC 17 News.


1 Comment

  1. From the Fire Department scanner:

    2:18 am Computer Dispatch: Many alert tones, 9 fire engines and other units are dispatched, “…Echo response, residential structure fire…time out 219 hours.”

    Exactly four minutes later: “Engine 1 on scene, two-story single-family dwelling, flames showing from the garage…”

    The Ladder 1 crew went inside the building to search for occupants in the side of the duplex on fire. Another fire engine crew searched the other side of the building. The building was occupied. The residents sat in an ambulance to get out of the weather.

    Units were communicating on fire ground tactical Channel Brown. The scanner radio was unable to hear most of these transmissions. The incident commander had a more powerful radio that was easy to hear so only one side the discussion was recorded on the scanner archive.

    Seemed like a well-organized and very professional response. I was half expecting the Fire Department to report a Tesla electric vehicle on fire in the garage.

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