Trailer fire in southeast Columbia displaces residents

Saturday, January 25, 2014 | 10:05 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — A Saturday-evening fire in southeast Columbia left a trailer home uninhabitable.

Firefighters responded to the 4000 block of Ponderosa Street shortly after 6 p.m. where heavy smoke was billowing from a trailer on the street. It took crews about five minutes to extinguish the fire, but the trailer was left uninhabitable, according to Columbia Fire Department Assistant Chief Terry Cassil.

Half the trailer was melted away after firefighters extinguished the flames, and the inside of the trailer was blackened and charred.

Three people were inside the residence at the time, two adults and a child. One adult sustained minor injuries from smoke inhalation, but he refused treatment at the scene, Cassil said.

The cause of the fire has also not been confirmed, but Cassil had heard that there could have been oxygen tanks in the trailer that might have contributed to the fire.

Cassil said that although he did not have an estimate of the financial damage caused to the trailer, he believed it would be extensive.

Altogether, eight fire trucks from the Boone County Fire Protection District and the Columbia Fire Department responded to the call.

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