COLUMBIA — A fire appearing to have started in a garage Saturday morning caused the death of four dogs as well as an estimated $200,000 in damages to a home.
Firefighters responded to 5707 Candlewood Drive after a neighbor noticed the fire and called 911 at 9:36 a.m.
The occupant of the home, David Hollis, told fire crews that he was working in a back bedroom of the house when he heard a loud boom or explosion. He went to investigate and discovered the fire near a vehicle and a motorcycle in the garage, according to a news release from the Columbia Fire Department.
Hollis attempted to use a fire extinguisher to stop the fire and also to rescue the pets but was unsuccessful. He was forced to leave the home as conditions worsened. No people were injured.
The house, which is owned by Robert Mattox, was equipped with smoke alarms, and they did activate during the incident.
The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.