Early morning fire displaces two families, kills two dogs

Wednesday, January 9, 2013 | 2:49 p.m. CST; updated 8:46 p.m. CST, Wednesday, January 9, 2013

COLUMBIA — A fire destroyed a multi-level home early Wednesday morning at 2214 Chapel Hill Road, but the residents who were inside at the time survived. Two dogs died, according to Columbia Fire Department Battalion Chief James Weaver. 

The fire was reported at 2:22 a.m., and crews arrived on the scene five minutes later, according to a news release from the department. The crews extinguished the fire at 2:47 a.m.

Assistant Fire Marshal Tim Bach said no one was injured, and the cause of the fire is still under investigation, according to the release. Damage is estimated at $50,000 .

The first floor residents woke up and alerted their basement neighbors of the fire, the release said. The occupants all left the scene by vehicle prior to the arrival of fire crews, the release said. 

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