Smoke alarms alert family to basement fire

Monday, June 4, 2012 | 11:01 a.m. CDT; updated 5:28 p.m. CDT, Monday, June 4, 2012

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.

Supervising editor is Hannah Cushman.

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