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Damage from garage fire near Route E estimated at $100,000

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 | 6:48 p.m. CDT; updated 7:38 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Boone County Fire Protection District firefighters extinguished a building fire off Route E in Columbia on Tuesday afternoon.

COLUMBIA ­— A Tuesday afternoon garage fire off Route E in north Columbia caused at least $100,000 of damage.

The fire, which was reported at 2:52 p.m., consumed more than a third of Ron Pierson’s detached garage located in the front of his property at 4500 N. Route E.

Nine Boone County fire and rescue vehicles, and approximately 25 firefighters and emergency workers, responded to the fire.

No injuries were reported, and the cause of the fire was still under investigation as of Tuesday evening, according to Lieutenant Bryant Gladney of the Boone County Fire Protection District.

Pierson, of Pierson Construction, Inc., was on his way home from Kansas when his wife reported the fire, he said. His wife declined to comment.

Pierson said the garage housed quite a bit of machinery, including construction equipment, a tractor and a boat. His insurance agent was on the way to determine the exact cost of damage, but Lieutenant Bryant Gladney said the fire investigator on scene estimated at least $100,000 in damage.

It took nearly half an hour for Gladney and his team to extinguish the fire, as winds and 80-degree temperatures made it difficult to cool the garage.

 Supervising editor is Jacob Kirn.


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