Car crashes into Water and Light building Tuesday

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 | 12:24 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — A car crashed into the front of a Columbia Water and Light building on Business Loop 70 early Tuesday evening.

At about 6 p.m., an employee returning to the building at 1524 Business Loop 70 E. noticed damage from a car hitting the front of the structure. The car had already left the scene, and the employee contacted the authorities, said Latisha Stroer, a spokeswoman for the Columbia Police Department.

The Columbia Fire Department responded to the scene to find moderate damage to the building, including bent aluminum siding. No one in the building was injured, Capt. Lisa Todd of the Fire Department said.

The police are considering the crash a "leaving the scene" accident, Stroer said. And there is no suspect information at this time.

The damage was not significant enough to require additional support to the structure, according to a Fire Department news release. An electrical line crew responded to the area and shut off the power to the damaged section of the building as a precaution. After running necessary tests and determining it was safe, the crew turned the power back on, said Connie Kacprowicz, Water and Light's communications and marketing supervisor.

The building, which previously housed a NAPA Auto Parts store, is owned by Columbia Water and Light, and is now used by the utility's electric services for distribution purposes, Kacprowicz said.

Supervising editor is Edward Hart.

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