House fire believed intentional; burglary possible

Wednesday, December 30, 2009 | 10:43 a.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Officials believe a predawn fire that caused an estimated $150,000 damage to a home in northeast Columbia was intentionally set. Investigators said the home at 2107 Dickinson Court may have also been burglarized.

A passerby called in the fire at 4 a.m., according to a news release from the Columbia Fire Department. The owner, Samantha Jo Baker Fitzmorris, was not at home. A dog inside the house was killed.

“Several articles of physical evidence were located and recovered at the scene,” the news release said. “Additional evidence … suggests the home may have been burglarized as well.”

The Missourian has reporters at the scene. Check back for updates.


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