Fire destroys structure in rural area south of Columbia

Wednesday, August 21, 2013 | 11:35 p.m. CDT; updated 11:14 a.m. CDT, Thursday, August 22, 2013
Boone County Fire Protection District firefighters work to put out a fire at a nondwelling structure Wednesday night at 2084 Bluebird Lane between Ashland and Columbia.

COLUMBIA —All people and pets are accounted for after a nondwelling structure caught fire Wednesday night on a property south of Rock Bridge Memorial State Park. No firefighters were injured. 

The Boone County Fire Protection District received an alarm at 8:30 p.m. after both the property owners and neighbors called to report seeing flames, Capt Chris Swisher said.

Eleven apparatuses — which included engines, an ambulance from Boone Hospital Center and several tankers — and 24 firefighters were called onto the scene, Swisher said.

He said one tanker was dispatched from Southern Boone County Fire Protection District because it was closer to the fire and there are not fire hydrants near the property. Swisher said the initial reports of the blaze's size were not exactly clear.

"We weren't sure exactly how much water we would need," Swisher said. "We wanted to lean forward and anticipate a larger fire."

Swisher said the building is considered a total loss.

"Unfortunately, it means the structure is lost," Swisher said. "There won't really be anything to rebuild from."

Swisher said an investigator is looking into the cause of the blaze and total damages to the structure Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

Supervising editor is Allie Hinga.

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