Laundry fire damages northeast Columbia duplex

Tuesday, January 1, 2013 | 6:41 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA – A dryer fire caused $30,000 in damage to a duplex in northeast Columbia Tuesday afternoon. There were no injuries.

A resident was doing laundry when the dryer caught fire. She notified the landlord, who was working on a neighboring duplex. They called the Columbia Fire Department at 2:35 p.m., according to a department news release.

Three fire engines, a ladder truck and a rescue squad arrived at 4507 Rice Road at 2:39 p.m.

Firefighters encountered heavy smoke coming from the front door and garage of the two-story duplex, according to the release. It took them 15 minutes to put out the fire.

The laundry room and living room on the first floor received fire and smoke damage. 

The fire rendered the duplex uninhabitable. The occupant said she and her three daughters planned to stay with family.

Supervising editor is Richard Webner.




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