Fire on exterior of kitchen causes minor damage to house on Providence

Monday, June 25, 2012 | 2:38 p.m. CDT; updated 8:04 p.m. CDT, Monday, June 25, 2012

COLUMBIA — A fire Monday morning at a house on Providence Road caused minor damage to the exterior kitchen wall.

Columbia Fire Department responded to the fire at 9:43 a.m. to a two-story house at the corner of Providence and Worley Street.

The fire was out within five minutes after the crew's arrival, but the cause is still under investigation, said Darrin Arends, division chief of the Columbia Fire Department. No one was injured. 

Arends said the kitchen wall was charred in a 2-foot square pattern about 8 feet from the ground. He described it as a "weird location."

He said there were no electrical outlets close to the damaged area, so investigators were looking for other possible causes.

Renter Keshia Byndom said she was inside the house preparing to leave with her baby when she smelled something burning.

When she went outside, she saw the smoke near the kitchen. No one was cooking at the time, she said.

The house has been owned for 10 years by Julie Patterson, who rushed to the scene at about 10:15 a.m..

Patterson said the fire was strange. "Nothing is on the side of the wall," she said.

A number of units from the fire department responded to the fire, as well as University and Boone hospital personnel, Arends said.

Supervising editors are Jeanne Abbott and Ted Hart

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