COLUMBIA — Nine occupants of an apartment complex were displaced after a late night fire Tuesday.
A fire at 301 Tiger Lane, Apartment 508, was reported at 11:57 p.m., Columbia Fire Department Battalion Chief Steven Sapp said.
The resident of Apartment 508, 40-year-old Russell Greenup, had facial burn injuries and was taken by ambulance to University Hospital. He injured his face when he tried to go back into the apartment for his dog, a city news release stated. Firefighters found the dog, who had died, in the bedroom.
There were heavy smoke and flames at the scene, and it took about 15 minutes to knock the fire down, Sapp said. Twenty-three firefighters responded to the blaze.
Firefighters had to use special equipment because of the extreme snowfall, Sapp said. A plow truck was used to clear snow to allow access to the scene.
Seventeen occupants of the building were evacuated. The American Red Cross made housing arrangements for the nine residents of the apartment complex who were displaced by the damage, Sapp said. They were transported by bus to a location where the Red Cross could meet them.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but investigators determined it started in the bedroom. Fire and smoke damage spread to multiple apartment units.
“It’s a substantial loss," Sapp said. "If you want to start with a beginning number, $100,000 is probably a good place to start.”