UPDATE: One man injured, three others flee home after two separate fires in Columbia

Monday, July 7, 2014 | 3:26 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Two separate residential fires in Columbia on Monday morning sent one person to the hospital and forced three more to flee their home.

In an apartment fire just after 2 a.m., firefighters arrived to a smoking building at 2406 Whitegate Drive, according to a Columbia Fire Department news release. The fire was already out by the time the department responded. The man in the apartment was taken to Truman Veterans Hospital, and the extent of his injuries are unknown, said Capt. Lisa Todd.

The cause of the fire was unclear and the Fire Department was investigating, said Assistant Fire Marshal Brian Davison in the release. Damage was mostly smoke-related and was initially estimated at $3,500, Todd said.

In the second fire Monday morning, two adults and a child escaped unharmed after a multi-plug power strip malfunctioned in the house's sun room, Battalion Chief John Metz said. The fire spread to the couch and filled the rest of the house at 1700 W. Broadway with smoke.

One of the homeowners put out the fire before firefighters arrived just before 4 a.m., using an extinguisher and a bucket of water. Damage to the house from smoke and soot stains is estimated at $6,500.

Supervising editor is Seth Klamann.

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