Arson suspected in building fire

Sunday, August 14, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 6:21 a.m. CDT, Saturday, July 12, 2008

Someone set fire to a central Columbia commercial building Thursday, Columbia Fire Department officials said.

According to Battalion Chief Steve Sapp, the fire began in an interior room of the building at 722 W. Sexton Road, which is undergoing renovation. The roof and windows were damaged, along with air conditioning units and construction materials inside the building. Sapp estimated the damage sustained was between $10,000 and $20,000. A vehicle that belongs to the company remodeling the building, J&T Construction, also received minimal damage.

Columbia attorney Daniel Miller owns the building.

Officials said they do not believe the fire is related to another suspected case of arson last week on Mills Drive. Sapp said the geographic locations of the two buildings are different and that the two fires were started differently.

The Columbia Fire Department is investigating, along with Columbia police. Witnesses or people with information can call the fire department at 874-7556 or CrimeStoppers at 875-8477.

— Megan O’Brien

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