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Overnight fire destroys audio store

Friday, December 21, 2012 | 9:48 a.m. CST; updated 10:54 a.m. CST, Friday, December 21, 2012
Firefighters battled a blaze for an hour late Thursday and early Friday at Sound Performance in north central Columbia.

COLUMBIA — Firefighters remained at the scene early Friday morning after an overnight fire gutted Sound Performance, a custom car audio shop in north-central Columbia.

Initial damage estimates of the building were more than $300,000, according to a Columbia Fire Department news release. Marc Schumer owns the business and Richard Erickson owns the building, the release said.

Smoke was pouring from a garage door on the south side of the single-story building at 1310 Indiana Ave. when crews arrived after the 10:17 p.m. alarm.

The fire broke through the roof of the business, which offers window tinting services, custom car audio and other car accessories, and it took firefighters about an hour to bring the fire under control.

At 10:37 p.m. the incident commander on scene requested additional fire engines and an air resupply truck to the scene. 

After the building was no longer safe to enter, firefighters continued efforts to bring the fire under control from the outside with hose lines and aerial ladders.

According to the release, 25 firefighters, six engines, a ladder truck and a rescue squad responded. There were no injuries.

Supervising editor is John Schneller.


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Derrick Fogle December 21, 2012 | 5:49 p.m.

Very sorry to hear this local business has been destroyed by fire. Best wishes to Marc and Richard; this has to be tough for them. After having their business and property destroyed, next they're going to get screwed by their insurance companies.

As a side note, I investigated Flat Branch Creek for any possible impact this morning, and could not detect anything significant. Maybe the slightest smoky odor up near the mouth in Flat Branch Park, but I honestly think that was my imagination, not a valid observation.

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frank christian December 21, 2012 | 7:18 p.m.

Thanks for your report on Insurance Companies.

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