Leaky pipe causes electrical fire off of Route O

Friday, July 11, 2014 | 5:56 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — A leaky pipe caused an electrical fire in Columbia on Friday morning.

The fire started behind a basement shower on Terrapin Hills Road, and it was put out by Boone County Fire Protection District firefighters, Capt. Martina Pounds said. The female occupant who discovered the fire escaped unharmed.

The fire was caused by water from a leaky pipe dripping onto an electrical outlet, Pounds said. Damage is estimated at around $5,000, though the house is still habitable because the fire was contained.

It took firefighters around 20 minutes to arrive at the scene, which Pounds attributed to the home's location.

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