Fire destroys box trailer, causes $5,000 in damage to warehouse

Monday, May 21, 2012 | 10:00 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The Columbia Fire Department responded Monday afternoon to several 911 calls reporting a tractor-trailer burning next to a warehouse at 1711 Paris Road, according to a city news release.

In the structure's west loading dock, crews discovered the source of the blaze: a 53-foot box trailer. Flames had spread from its rear to the dock's roll-up door.

Firefighters used a piercing nozzle to puncture the trailer's metal walls and douse its cargo of 20 tons of paper bales with water. When the bales continued to smolder, firefighters decided to move the trailer to the Columbia landfill in order to open it and fully extinguish the flames.

The box trailer was determined irreparable, the release stated. Damage to the warehouse totaled about $5,000. No injuries were reported.

The fire's cause has yet to be determined.

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