COLUMBIA — The residents of 601 Hardin St. were awakened early Monday morning by a loud pop and the sound of smoke alarms.
Firefighters called to the scene at 1:30 a.m. found "light to moderate smoke" in the house and traced its source to the basement, according to a city news release. They extinguished the flames in minutes but spent several hours checking for residual smoldering among items stored there.
A preliminary estimate set the cost of damage to the one-story home and its contents at $20,000. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
No one was injured.
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