Smoke alarm saves Columbia couple and their poodle; 50th wedding anniversary celebration can go on

Saturday, July 14, 2007 | 4:53 p.m. CDT; updated 6:11 a.m. CDT, Monday, July 21, 2008

After a long day spent preparing for their 50th wedding anniversary, a Columbia couple awoke early Saturday morning to blaring smoke alarms. According to a news release from the Columbia Fire Department, a fan had sparked a fire in the basement.