COLUMBIA—Upon returning from a shopping trip with her two young sons, Amy Korte heard the smoke alarm sounding at her neighbor’s home Tuesday morning .
The home at 1341 S. Pecos Ave. had smoke coming from under the garage door.
Korte called 911, and the call was received at 10:07 a.m. by the Boone County Fire District. Within four minutes, five fire engines, 28 volunteer firefighters and one medical unit from Boone County Hospital responded, said Division Chief Gale Blomenkamp.
A family of six lives in the home but no one was there at the time. The fire began in an unused lower-level bedroom. The cause of the fire is currently unknown.
Blomenkamp said firefighters contained the fire to the bedroom within a few minutes, which kept water damage to a minimum.
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