Fire breaks out in basement of Highlands house

Friday, August 23, 2013 | 2:08 p.m. CDT; updated 3:51 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 8, 2014

COLUMBIA — A fire broke out early Friday in the basement of a home at 1315 Dunbar Drive, said James Weaver, Columbia Fire Department public information officer.  

The cause is still under investigation.

Crews arrived at 2:25 a.m. and put out the fire in about 10 minutes, according to a news release from the Columbia Fire Department.

Weaver estimated the damage to be $20,000, with structural damage in the basement and smoke damage in other parts of the house.

"Twenty thousand dollars may not even touch it," Weaver said. "This is just a preliminary estimate."

The house's smoke detectors woke up the two sleeping residents and alerted them to the fire. They were not injured. Their son lives in the basement, but he was not present during the fire, Weaver said.

The owners of the house are Loretta and Andre Cote, according to Boone County Assessor's records.

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