Morning fire damages north Columbia home

Friday, March 16, 2012 | 1:34 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — A residential structure fire caused $25,000 in damages early Friday morning, according to a press release. No one was home at the time of the fire. 

The release stated that at 5:43 a.m., the Columbia Fire Department was dispatched to 601 Rainforest Parkway for a house fire in north Columbia. 

A delivery driver called 911 with reports of a fire on the outside of the home near the garage. Fire crews found "light to moderate" smoke and some flames on the outside of the home, according to the release.

The release stated that fire crews quickly extinguished the fire and found the house unoccupied. No one was injured in the fire.

An investigation Friday morning determined the area of origin was likely an electrical problem in a junction box, where the garage light was attached. No utilities needed to be disconnected as a result of the fire, according to the release.

The release stated that the owners of the Columbia home were contacted and returned to the residence to find $25,000 in damages. Much of the fire was confined to the exterior of the home. Smoke damage varied throughout the residence.

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