Boone Hospital Center sign catches fire Tuesday

Wednesday, June 9, 2010 | 8:33 a.m. CDT; updated 10:58 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, June 9, 2010

COLUMBIA — Nobody was injured when Boone Hospital Center's sign caught fire Tuesday night around 11:30 p.m., according to a Columbia Fire Department news release.

Firefighters were called to the scene at 1600 E. Broadway for a reported commercial structure fire. The Boone Hospital Center sign was on fire and melting onto the roof, causing damage.

Fire crews extinguished the fire and then used hand tools and a chainsaw to remove the 5-feet-by-8-feet area of roof membrane and foam insulation the sign had melted.

The flames were due to an electrical fire, but after investigation, it was not ruled whether the fire was sparked from inside the sign or if it started because of lightning strikes, said Battalion chief James L. Weaver..

The estimated cost of roof and sign damage totals $5,000.

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