Firefighters respond to structure fire on South Pecos Avenue

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 | 4:43 p.m. CDT; updated 5:36 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Boone County firefighters gather Tuesday morning outside the scene of a house fire at 1341 S. Pecos Ave. There were no residents home at the time of the fire.

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.

Supervising editor is Emilie Stigliani.

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