Child playing with lighter caused duplex fire, officials say

Monday, August 25, 2014 | 9:54 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — A child playing with a lighter caused a north-Columbia duplex to catch on fire Monday afternoon, according to the Columbia Fire Department.

Fire crews arrived at the two-story duplex on Greensboro Drive at 3:26 p.m. and found heavy smoke pouring from the building, according to a Fire Department press release. The blaze concentrated around a ground-floor bedroom in the back of the building; firefighters later determined that was where the fire had started. 

Firefighters had the fire under control in about 12 minutes, and nobody was injured. The damage is estimated at $45,000.

Five units from the Fire Department and two units from the Boone County Fire Protection District responded to the fire.

Supervising editor is Adam Aton.

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