No one was injured in a fire that scorched the basement and damaged the main floor of a northern Columbia home Wednesday evening.
The brown, one-story building, located at 3205 Parker St., sustained an unknown amount of fire, smoke and water damage after a fire started in the basement at 6:31 p.m., according to the Columbia Fire Department.
The fire climbed through the basement and burned a hole in the living room floor before it was contained by firefighters. The cause is under investigation.
Neighbors said Brian Dreher and his wife, Angela, were in the home moving furniture when the fire started, and their two children, ages 8 and 9, were outside playing with friends. The fire department said the Drehers had built much of the house themselves and plan on fixing it with the help of their neighbors.