Neighbors alert Columbia firefighters to Duncan Street house fire

Wednesday, September 30, 2009 | 12:01 a.m. CDT
Columbia Fire Dept. Lt. Bruce Britt surveys the scene at 301 Duncan St. after a fire was extinguished there on Tuesday. Columbia Fire Dept. Capt. Eric Hartman said that most of the damage occurred in the utility room area, and the investigation is ongoing. The two adults and two children who live in the rental house were not present at the time of the fire, which neighbors reported to 911.

COLUMBIA — Firefighters and police responded to a residential fire on Duncan Street that resulted in about $50,000 in damages. The fire was reported by neighbors at about 6:45 p.m. Tuesday after they saw smoke coming from the house, Columbia Fire Department Capt. Eric Hartman said. 

When fire crew and police officers arrived, they saw visible smoke and flames coming from the back of the house. The fire was extinguished in about 10 to 15 minutes, Hartman said.

Hartman said no one was home at the time, and firefighters are working to determine the cause.

The American Red Cross is helping the family find housing and providing other disaster relief assistance.


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