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Friday night duplex fire leaves woman, children homeless

Saturday, December 20, 2008 | 11:07 a.m. CST; updated 4:18 p.m. CST, Saturday, December 20, 2008

COLUMBIA — Columbia firefighters were called Friday night to 1513 Olympic Blvd. after a Columbia woman arrived home to see flames through her window, according to a Fire Department news release.

Crews controlled the flames in the living room within 10 minutes.

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There were no injuries.

Damage to the duplex, which is owned by Brittany Development, is estimated to be $40,000. The cause of the fire is under investigation, according to the release. 

Candace Benton, the occupant of the home, and her two children, ages 2 months and 4 years, are receiving assistance from the American Red Cross, according to the release.


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