COLUMBIA — A fire at an auto parts building on Rogers Road in north Columbia on Wednesday afternoon posed a challenge for firefighters who needed to shuttle water to the site.
No one was injured.
The address of the fire, 4901 N. Rogers Road, was listed for two businesses: Super Recycled Auto Parts and K & M Auto Salvage. It was unclear which business had caught fire.
The wife of an employee at the store reported the fire at 12:31 p.m., said Columbia Fire Department Battalion Chief James Weaver. The fire began in a shed that contained tires, emitting a thick black plume of smoke that was visible from miles away.
Firefighters had trouble accessing a water supply to put out the fire because it's in a rural area, Weaver said. The Fire Department and Boone County Fire Protection District finished setting up a continuous water supply at 12:52 p.m.
A tanker shuttle operation to supply water to fight the fire used five tankers over the course of the event, a Columbia Fire Department news release said. Firefighters estimated that 22,000 gallons of water were shuttled to the scene.
Around 1:30 p.m. the fire was under control, but firefighters continued to address hot spots, the release said.
Investigators determined the cause of the fire an accident, and that the blaze caused $70,000 in damage to the building and its contents, Boone County Fire Protection District Chief Gale Blomenkamp said.
The owners of the business could not be reached Wednesday afternoon.
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