COLUMBIA – A residential structure fire Saturday afternoon caused significant damage to one unit of an empty duplex and caused two people in its adjoining unit to evacuate.
The Columbia Fire Department was alerted to the fire at 12:33 p.m. at 2904 Bluegrass Court, Battalion Chief Steven Sapp said. Firefighters saw heavy smoke rising from the roof and the back of the unit, and evacuated two people in the connected unit as part of standard procedure.
The residents of 2904, who were not home at the time, will be relocated to temporary housing, Sapp said. The neighboring unit is being evaluated to determine if its occupants will need to be relocated as well.
Sapp said no one was injured in the fire, which took about 10 to 15 minutes to put out. The 2904 unit suffered severe fire damage, particularly to the back. A more detailed estimate will be released later.
Three engines, two incident command vehicles, one ladder and a heavy rescue squad were dispatched to the fire, Sapp said. The duplex was equipped with smoke detectors and the 2904 unit is insured. The neighboring occupants are renters and indicated they did not have renters' insurance, Sapp said.