Vacant house on Third Street catches fire

Sunday, July 27, 2008 | 5:49 p.m. CDT

Columbia —  Firefighters responding to a central Columbia house fire at 1:02 a.m. Sunday arrived to find heavy smoke and flames coming from the bedroom windows of the vacant home, according to a Columbia Fire Department news release.
Kicking in the locked front door at 5 Third St., firefighters found fires in two of the three bedrooms on the north and east side of the house. The fire was extinguished in less than 10 minutes, but not before moving into the attic of the vacant home. The fire was so intense that the siding melted and a window broke on an adjacent vacant house.
Fire investigators said the burning house was recently vacated by a tenant Saturday morning. The house, which is owned by Hendrens Brothers Reality, is believed to be a total loss with damages estimated to around $150,000 initially, the release stated. The cause and origin are currently under investigation.