Fire causes estimated $50,000 in damage to Columbia home

Tuesday, August 7, 2012 | 4:40 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — A fire caused an estimated $50,000 in damage to a home Tuesday morning at 704 McBaine Avenue.

Columbia firefighters were called by neighbors at 9:30 a.m. and arrived at the house eight minutes later. Six fire trucks responded. The neighbors also notified the homeowner.

No one was in the home at the time of the fire, but firefighters rescued one dog from the burning home and found four more dogs in the backyard.

The homeowner warned firefighters the dogs might be aggressive, so animal control was called. Battalion Chief Brad Fraizer of the Columbia Fire Department said it is common for animal control to respond to a fire where animals may be inside.

A bedroom in the northeast corner of the home had caught fire, according to a news release from the Columbia Fire Department. The firefighters contained the blaze to the room with the exception of some attic space.

Assistant Fire Marshal Tim Bach is still investigating the cause of the fire.

The American Red Cross Heart of Missouri Chapter will be assisting the family of five with their immediate needs. The organization has provided them with a two-night hotel stay, food, clothing and personal hygiene items, a news release from the Red Cross said.

Supervising editor is Celia Darrough.

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