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Columbia mobile home fire results in damage, no injuries

Tuesday, March 15, 2011 | 4:59 p.m. CDT; updated 8:27 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Firefighters push a water hose into the back entrance of a mobile home Tuesday morning in Cedar Drive Mobile Court on Rock Quarry Road. Crews responded to a small fire that took less than a minute to extinguish.

COLUMBIA — A mobile home in Cedar Drive Mobile Court was damaged Tuesday morning when an electrical junction beneath the building caught fire.

According to Columbia Fire Department spokesman Steven Sapp, a resident of the mobile home park on Rock Quarry Road reported the fire at 11:48 a.m. after spotting smoke and hearing fire alarms.

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Though firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the fire, damage to the structure and contents was estimated at $5,000, Sapp said. No one was home when the fire occurred.

Residents of the park stood and watched after firefighters arrived at 11:46 a.m. Debbie Rupert, who has lived in the park for 10 years, attempted to contact Rikki Wear, owner of the damaged structure.

Mark Whitney, another resident standing nearby, noted the owner had no pets.

“That’s a good thing,” Whitney said. “It’s a sad thing that this happened, though. She’s a good neighbor.”

Wear arrived home to find several fire engines parked on the road leading up to her trailer.

“One of my neighbors called me at work, and I couldn’t believe it,” Wear said. “But I guess it’s just material things, though. I guess those can be replaced.”


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