UPDATE: Half of northeast Columbia home damaged in fire

Sunday, July 25, 2010 | 10:09 a.m. CDT; updated 3:42 p.m. CDT, Sunday, July 25, 2010

COLUMBIA — Fire crews returned to the home at 3409 Nottingham Court to continue trying to extinguish the remains of a fire from Saturday night.

A fire engulfed about half of the home Saturday night, causing $200,000 in fire, smoke and water damages, according to a Columbia Fire Department news release.

The fire was reported at 10:19 p.m. Columbia Fire Department crews could see flames from the intersection of Highway 63 and Brown Station Road, more than half a mile away. By the time crews arrived on the scene, the fire was so large it first had to be quelled from an aerial apparatus above the house before firefighters could safely enter the home.

"It just ignited and it was up in smoke," said neighbor Shaun Coleman. "(The flames) were way over the top of the trees."

Coleman said fire crews have returned to the house three times to contain recurring fires.

"It blazed up again a little before 3 (Sunday)  morning, then again at 8 it flared up, then it flared up again at 10," Coleman said.

The Columbia Fire Department dispatch report shows they went to the address at 2:46 a.m. and 9:47 a.m.

 No one was in the home at the time of the fire. The home owner was out of town and the department was unable to make contact as of Sunday morning, said Capt. Eric Hartman of the Columbia Fire Department. 

Coleman said the family's children were playing Friday at his house, but he hadn't seen the family at all Saturday.

Crews contained the fire in about 40 minutes. There were no injuries. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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