UPDATE: Fire breaks out at home on Clark Lane

Sunday, July 3, 2011 | 6:33 p.m. CDT; updated 5:11 p.m. CDT, Monday, July 4, 2011

COLUMBIA — A residential fire at 5419 Clark Lane was reported around 4 p.m. Sunday afternoon.

There were no injuries reported, according to Columbia Fire Department Battalion Chief James Weaver. Jim Cook, the owner of the residence, was not home at the time of the fire, according to a Columbia Fire Department news release.

According to the news release, a lightning strike started the fire that caused damages estimated at $25,000.

Boone County Fire Station No. 1 received a walk-in report from someone who had spotted smoke coming from the building, Weaver said.

Because the residence is on the county-city line, the report prompted a dual response. Weaver said there were 16 city firefighters and six county firefighters on the scene.

Firefighters cut through the roof of the second floor for ventilation. They also cut a hole through an outside wall in order to reach the flames, which were barely visible from the road.

According to the news release, the fire was controlled quickly. Crews then searched for hidden fires and investigated the cause, according to the release.

The residence is also the site of Jim Cook’s Midwest Taxidermy.

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