No one injured in house fire in north Columbia

Thursday, September 4, 2014 | 10:38 p.m. CDT; updated 5:51 a.m. CDT, Friday, September 5, 2014
A house on North Autumn Drive caught fire Thursday afternoon. Firefighters responded to the call at 1:05 p.m. with 11 units. Boone County Fire District estimated around $90,000 of fire and smoke damage.

COLUMBIA — Firefighters responded to a house fire at 1:13 p.m. Thursday north of Columbia. 

A neighbor dialed 911 at 1:05 p.m. after seeing smoke from the roof vents. The owners had left about 25 minutes earlier. There were no injuries.

The Boone County Fire Protection District firefighters arrived at 5500 North Autumn Drive with three fire trucks, 2 tankers, a heavy squad and an ambulance, public information officer Capt. Martina Pounds said. She said the fire was extinguished within 10 minutes after busting through the front door.

Homeowners George and Margie Day are no strangers to house fires. In 1996, their home caught on fire only blocks away from Thursday's fire.

“It’s déjà vu all over again," their daughter Candy Green said.

Pounds said the cost of damage is between $90,000 and $95,000. She said the fire had a 20-minute head start and started in a hallway between a couple of bedrooms. Pounds said the cause was accidental and undetermined. 

“Everything was pretty smoked,” said Green.

George Day said he didn’t have insurance on his last house fire. This time, he has insurance and will have a rental house provided. 

The only casualty of the fire was the family's pet fish, a 10-year-old clown loach named Loachie.

A firefighter and Day's son, George Jr., were able to save Day's motorcycle, a limited edition Harley Davidson, of which only 200 were made, from the fire.

Day, who owns Day’s A-1 Lucky Bonding, jokingly said he’s thinking about changing the lucky part in his business' name.

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