Fire at Briarcrest Apartments causes $15,000 in damage

Wednesday, July 25, 2012 | 11:37 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — A domestic argument at Briarcrest Apartments led to a fire that caused an estimated $15,000 in damage Wednesday evening, according to a news release.

The Columbia Fire Department responded to a fire at 105 N. Garth Ave. at 7:38 p.m. When firefighters arrived, they found smoke and flames coming from an apartment on the first floor.

Firefighters went into a bedroom in the apartment and saw that the bed and rest of the room was on fire. It was under control in less than five minutes. Before the firefighters' arrival, the landlord had tried to put the flames out with a garden hose.

Assistant Fire Marshal Lisa Todd said the fire originated on the bed, but the cause of the fire is still under investigation, according to the news release. The apartment suffered heavy damage, but the fire did not spread to other apartments.

The Fire Department and the Columbia Police Department are looking for a person who might be associated with the fire, according to a news release.

The smoke alarm at the apartment was not sounding because the battery was missing. No one was injured.

More information about the incident was not available Wednesday night. 

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