COLUMBIA — A family of five was safe Thursday evening after a fire broke out at their home on the corner of Derby Ridge Drive and Smiley Lane. Megan Hane said she was at parent-teacher conferences across the street at Derby Ridge Elementary, when the fire started.
The Columbia Fire Department responded to a call at 5:15 p.m. to find heavy flames and smoke coming out of the rear of the home. Eight firetrucks and one ambulance were on the scene. The fire was under control within 15 minutes, Capt. Eric Hartman said.
Homeowners Jeremy Crane and Megan Hane and their three children, one 3-year-old and two 6-year-olds, stood nearby as firefighters cleared out the house.
There was substantial damage to the home but Hartman said he thought it would not be a total loss. The cause of the fire was still under investigation Thursday night.
Derby Ridge Drive was closed south of Smiley Lane, and Smiley was confined to one lane at Derby Ridge on Thursday night.