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UPDATE: Fire in garage on Beech Cove Court causes in $215,000 in damage

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 | 10:56 p.m. CDT; updated 7:01 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Firefighters respond to a fire that consumed the garage of a house at 3403 Beech Cove Court in Columbia on Tuesday. One Boone County Fire Protection District truck and four Columbia Fire Department trucks responded to the single-alarm blaze that was called in by multiple neighbors.

*UPDATE: This story has been updated to include the damage estimate.

COLUMBIA — Fire consumed the garage of a southwest Columbia house Tuesday night.

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The single-alarm fire at 3403 Beech Cove Court was called in by multiple neighbors at 8:15 p.m, Columbia Fire Department Capt. John Metz said. One Boone County Fire Protection District truck and four trucks from the Columbia Fire Department were on the scene by 8:22 p.m.

Liz Aten was one of the neighbors who called in the fire. She was picking strawberries in a garden nearby when she saw flames shooting out of the garage. Aten ran to the front door of the burning house and knocked to alert the homeowners, who were away at the time the fire broke out.

She then texted the homeowners to let them know what had happened.

"We're pretty well connected around here," Aten said.

Fire crews were able to contain the blaze to the garage, Metz said. The rest of the house had smoke odor but no noticeable damage.

*Damage to the home and its contents were estimated at $215,000. The cause of the fire has not been determined. No injuries were reported.


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