Fires cause damage at two Columbia homes

Saturday, July 6, 2013 | 11:31 a.m. CDT; updated 11:01 p.m. CDT, Saturday, July 6, 2013

*Correction: The battalion chief's name is Brad Fraizer. An earlier version misspelled his name.

COLUMBIA — Fires at residences on Berkshire Court and on West Boulevard were put out by Columbia Fire Department on Friday night and Saturday morning. 

The Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 3508 Berkshire Court around 7:50 p.m. Friday and found heavy smoke coming from a laundry area. The fire was extinguished and contained to the laundry area, Battalion Chief Brad Fraizer* said Saturday morning.

The building is a duplex and there were residents at both homes. All of the residents evacuated and no injuries were reported. There were working fire alarms in the home. The damage estimate for the fire was $40,000, Fraizer said.

The Fire Department extinguished a second fire Saturday morning at 808 West Blvd. Nine units responded to the call that came in at 5:17 a.m. and observed heavy smoke and fire coming from the rear of the structure when they arrived on the scene, Fraizer said.

The fire spread to the attic, but the Fire Department was able to bring the situation under control in 10 minutes before spending another hour removing portions of the ceiling and wall looking for additional fires, Fraizer said.

One resident was home at the time of the fire. No one was injured during the fire, and damage estimates were not available.

The causes of both fires were still unknown Saturday afternoon, and Fraizer said both incidents are under investigation.

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