Fires damage two Columbia residences

Tuesday, August 12, 2003 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 1:39 p.m. CDT, Sunday, July 13, 2008

Firefighters responded to two residential fires over the weekend that resulted in thousands of dollars in damages but no injuries.

A Rainbow Village mobile home that was used for storage was destroyed just after 9 p.m. Saturday when a fire started at the front door of the home, Lt. Amy Barrett of the Columbia Fire Department said in a release. Investigators estimate damage at $10,000. The owner of the mobile home, Lilia Dollinger, did not have insurance on the home or its contents, Barrett said.

Firefighters also responded to a kitchen fire at 1:05 a.m. Monday in the 4400 block of Cheryl Court. Investigators determined that the fire started in the kitchen from unattended cooking, Barrett said. Residents of the house were alerted by a smoke alarm and were able to safely evacuate.

Damage from the fire was contained to the kitchen, but there was smoke damage throughout the house. Damages were estimated at $20,000, and the occupant of the house did not have renter’s insurance, she said.

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