Columbia firefighters battled a blaze in Lower Richland that destroyed a two-story home.
The call about fire at 120 Caughman Park Road came in around 6:34 a.m., interim Columbia Fire Department chief Aubrey Jenkins said.
Firefighters arrived four minutes later to find heavy smoke and fire in the room, he said.
Two people lived at the home, but neither were home this morning.
Damages are estimated at $300,000.