Apple Tree Court apartment fire damage estimated at $10,000

Sunday, November 27, 2011 | 3:24 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — A bedroom fire caused $10,000 worth of damage to an apartment in south Columbia early Sunday morning, according to Columbia Fire Department Battalion Chief James L. Weaver.

Firefighters arrived at the apartment building at 230 Apple Tree Court five minutes after being dispatched at 4:55 a.m. The fire, which was in the back bedroom of the apartment, was put out within 10 minutes, and there were no injuries, Weaver said. He said the 10 residents living in the building were able to evacuate soon after smoke detectors went off.

There was not a sprinkler system inside the building, and the cause of the fire was unknown as of Sunday afternoon, Weaver said. Assistant Fire Marshal Brian Davison said the cause of the fire was under investigation

Columbia resident Don Freese owns the building. Weaver said the bedroom should be inhabitable once water and smoke damage is repaired and the furniture is replaced.

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