COLUMBIA — A two-alarm fire at Loop 70 Auto Parts on Wednesday night shut down traffic on Business Loop 70 and caused smoke damage to nearby businesses.
Shortly after 9 p.m., fire crews responded to a structure fire at 14 Business Loop 70 E. The fire originated in the back of Loop 70 Auto Parts and the flames were contained, though smoke likely damaged three surrounding businesses: Wireless House, Ennis Appliance Center and Carlito's Cabo, Columbia Fire Department Battalion Chief Brad Fraizer said.
No one was injured.
The Columbia Fire Department was notified of the fire at 9:09 p.m. Crews arrived at 9:12 p.m., and about 10 minutes later crews called a second alarm for backup, Fraizer said.
Flames were under control within 15 minutes. Columbia Police Officer Nate Turner said police closed traffic on Business Loop 70 between Garth Avenue and Providence Road. Crews reopened westbound lanes at 11 p.m.
Nine fire engines responded to the scene, Fraizer said.
Units from the Columbia Fire Department and Columbia Police Department responded with a University Hospital ambulance on standby.
Two Fire Department investigators were on the scene because of the size of the fire, Frazier said.
Both Wireless House and Carlito's Cabo were equipped with sprinklers and smoke alarms. Ennis Appliance does not have sprinklers or smoke alarms but is equipped with burglar alarms with heat sensors, owner Gary Ennis said.
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