Fire destroys North Columbia home, injures neighbor
Jun 16, 2011 11:33:00 AM - thestate.com
Columbia fire officials are blaming Wednesday night’s severe thunderstorms for a fire that burned a North Columbia home to the ground and trapped a homeowner next door in his house until firefighters rescued him.
The home at 3624 Falling Springs Road, just off River Drive in Columbia, was completely destroyed, Columbia-Richland Fire Service Chief Aubrey Jenkins said. No one was home at the time.
Jenkins said a neighbor heard a popping noise and discovered the back of his house was on fire and that his neighbor’s house was “completely consumed in fire.” Firefighters had to help the man out of the house.
The man was treated at a local hospital for “minor burns,” Jenkins said.
Jenkins said a fire investigator is still trying to determine the cause of the fire, but an early candidate is a tree that fell on some power lines.
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