Fire reported at vacant home Tuesday morning

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 | 11:46 a.m. CDT
Firefighter T.J. O'Brien walks to the back door of an abandoned house at 2113 Pleasant Way on Tuesday. Neighbors called the Fire Department at 9:17 a.m. when they noticed smoke coming from the basement level of the house.

COLUMBIA — A small fire in the basement of a vacant, single story home was reported in northeast Columbia on Tuesday morning.

Multiple neighbors reported smoke escaping through the back windows of the home at 2113 Pleasant Way. The Columbia Fire Department responded at 9:21 a.m.

Five fire trucks arrived at the scene, and within five minutes they successfully knocked down the fire, said Capt. John Metz.

The three-bedroom home is rental property owned by Zumwalt Properties of Ashland, according to a fire department news release.

The home's electricity had been shut off earlier, and one of the basement windows had previously been knocked out, Metz said. Inside, only garbage and debris were to be found.

Witnesses reported seeing activity around the house shortly before the fire was discovered, according to the release. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Smoke from the fire caused minor damages to the main floor and basement, Metz said.

The costs of the damage is estimated around $6,000.

Supervising editor is Emilie Stigliani

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