House fire stops traffic on Paris Road

Tuesday, November 1, 2011 | 7:32 p.m. CDT; updated 8:53 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, November 1, 2011
A firefighter investigates the basement of an abandoned house on Paris Road on Tuesday afternoon. The fire is believed to have been caused by burning clothes.

COLUMBIA — A fire at 1409 Paris Road closed lanes in both directions for nearly 40 minutes Tuesday evening.

A press release from the Columbia Fire Department said the cause of the fire was "undetermined" but "suspicious."

Battalion Chief James L. Weaver said the call came to the Columbia Fire Department at 5:07 p.m. from a resident of a nearby apartment.

No injuries were reported and the house appeared to be unoccupied, he said.

Weaver said the fire was caused by clothes burning in the basement.

The release said the house was "in the process of being demolished." It no longer had doors, windows or front steps, and a pile of rubble sat on the front lawn.

Weaver said the fire is still under investigation, and the owner of the property has not yet been identified.

The fire was under control by 5:18 p.m.

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