One person injured in overnight fire at Holiday House Apartments

Tuesday, February 1, 2011 | 11:24 a.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Residents were displaced during the night and one occupant was injured in a fire that started early Tuesday morning at a Columbia apartment complex.

The Columbia Fire Department responded to the fire at 1:20 a.m. at the Holiday House Apartments, 109 N. Stadium Blvd. When they arrived, fire and smoke were visible on the third floor. 

According to a news release from the Columbia Fire Department, the man living in apartment 33 woke up to the sound of a fire alarm. His bedding was on fire. He tried to extinguish the fire with a bucket of water and then called 911.

The man began evacuating neighboring apartments before firefighters arrived. It took firefighters about 30 minutes to put out the fire.

The man whose apartment unit was on fire was the only person injured. He was treated on the scene for minor burns and smoke inhalation, said Battalion Chief Steven Sapp of the Columbia Fire Department.

Residents who were forced out of their apartments by the fire were able to return to their homes around 6 a.m., with the exception of the unit where the fire started, Sapp said. 

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation by the Columbia Fire Department. Management at the apartment complex refused to comment on the fire.

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