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UPDATE: Fire crews respond to blaze at Mackenzie's restaurant

Thursday, June 26, 2014 | 12:56 a.m. CDT; updated 10:03 p.m. CDT, Thursday, June 26, 2014
At least five firetrucks responded to a fire late Wednesday at Mackenzie's Prime restaurant at 131 S. Tenth St. Sgt. Chad Gooch of the Columbia Police Department said a police officer reported a shed on fire at 11:40 p.m. Officers at the scene said it appeared the fire started in a shed behind the restaurant.

UPDATE: This story has been updated to include estimated damage.

COLUMBIA — Locust Street between Ninth and Tenth streets was lit up early Thursday morning as the Columbia Fire Department responded to a one-alarm fire at Mackenzie's Prime.

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Seven Fire Department units were dispatched at 11:41 p.m. Wednesday after a police officer reported a shed on fire. They arrived at 131 S. Tenth St. less than three minutes later, Battalion Chief Brad Fraizer said. When crews arrived at the scene, a shed behind Mackenzie's Prime was engulfed in flames.

As fire crews were fighting the blaze, a power line became disconnected from the building, struck the ground and began arcing, the Fire Department said in a news release. Firefighters had to wait for Columbia Water and Light to shut off the power before they could continue to attack the fire, which had encroached into the main building of the restaurant, Fraizer said.

Crews were able to put the fire out in less than 10 minutes, he said.

The shed was a complete loss, Fraizer said, though the damage to the main restaurant building was still unknown.

No injuries had been reported.

The fire caused an estimated $20,000 in damage, according to a department news release. The cause of the fire was still being investigated.

The owner of Mackenzie's Prime said earlier this month that he was not renewing the lease and the restaurant would close June 30.


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