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Home destroyed by fire started by lit cigarette

Mar 24, 2011 5:28:00 PM - thestate.com
A lit cigarette left on a couch caused a fire on Hydrick Street in north Columbia that destroyed a one-story brick home, said Columbia fire chief Aubrey Jenkins.

He estimated the damage at more than $70,000.

The fire, which was called in by a neighbor, started around 12:30 p.m. today, Jenkins said.

No one was home at the time of the fire, but four people have been displaced.

The house is about a half mile south of Columbia College in a residential neighborhood.