UPDATE: No one injured in fire at auto parts building

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 | 2:14 p.m. CST; updated 8:42 p.m. CST, Wednesday, February 20, 2013
A firefighter battles a blaze Wednesday at an auto parts facility on Rogers Road in north Columbia.

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.

Supervising editor is Richard Webner.

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