Two early fires damage Columbia home, Boone County barn

Saturday, November 17, 2012 | 10:39 a.m. CST; updated 7:41 p.m. CST, Saturday, November 17, 2012

COLUMBIA — Saturday morning fires damaged both a southeast Columbia home and an abandoned Boone County barn.

Firefighters with the Boone County Fire Protection District arrived around 8:30 a.m. at 1993 S. El Dorado Drive in Columbia after receiving a call about smoke and heat coming from the basement of a single-family home. A man and his two daughters were in the home. They evacuated after noticing the smoke, Battalion Chief Gale Blomenkamp said.

Responders used a hose line in the basement to control the fire and rescued four rabbits from the home, Blomenkamp said. 

The cause of the fire was a child playing with a lighter or matches, he said. 

There was minor smoke damage to the home, and clean-up costs are estimated to be less than $500.

County firefighters also responded shortly after 7:30 a.m. Saturday to a barn fire at 12130 Old Rocheport Road . The barn appeared to be empty, Blomenkamp said. 

Blomenkamp said he didn't have an estimate of how much damage the fire caused.

No injuries were reported at either location.

Supervising editor is Alison Matas.

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