Two people sent to hospital after Columbia trailer fire

Thursday, May 22, 2014 | 9:34 a.m. CDT; updated 12:57 p.m. CDT, Thursday, May 22, 2014
The Columbia Fire Department responded Thursday morning to a fire at 5301 St. Charles Road that destroyed caused an estimated $40,000 of damage to the structure and contents of the mobile home according to Tim Bach, the Columbia assistant fire marshal. All nine of the trailer's occupants were able to escape the building. The call was reported at 3:19 a.m.

COLUMBIA — Four adults and five children escaped a burning trailer in northeast Columbia early Thursday morning, according to a Columbia Fire Department release.

Two of the people were taken to the hospital — a baby that had inhaled smoke and an adult with cuts. A second adult with cuts was treated at the scene, according to the release.

The fire was caused by a window air conditioning unit, Fire Department spokeswoman Capt. Lisa Todd said.Some occupants broke windows to escape, which caused the injuries, she said.

Personnel from the Fire Department and the Boone County Fire Protection District responded to the fire at 3:25 a.m. and found the trailer at 5301 St. Charles Road engulfed in flames.

It took crews about ten minutes to put out the fire.

The trailer had no working smoke alarms. Assistant Fire Marshal Tim Bach estimated the damage at $40,000, according to the release.


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