PHOTO GALLERY: Fire destroys O'Reilly Auto Parts, damages other businesses

Sunday, April 1, 2012 | 5:13 p.m. CDT
Firefighters battled a blaze at O'Reilly Auto Parts, a fire that damaged multiple businesses at the Business Loop 70 strip mall. The first call to the Columbia Fire Department came in at 4:45 a.m. Sunday and the fire was not considered under control until 3 p.m. Eleven units and 35 staff members responded to the fire.

COLUMBIA — A multiple alarm fire at the O'Reilly Auto Parts store at 106 Business Loop 70 W. kept fire crews busy Sunday.

The initial alarm sounded before 5 a.m., but products inside O'Reilly's made the blaze difficult to contain and flames spread to surrounding businesses in the strip mall. Damages were reported at four places but no injuries have been reported. Eleven fire crews responded to contain the fire and worked into the afternoon to knock down the major flames.

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