Science, Health and Technology
4:21 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Columbia fire officials investigate two-alarm fire

Columbia fire officials are still investigating a two-alarm fire that broke out at a Columbia auto parts store on Business Loop 70 Wednesday night.

Investigators are still in the process of determining the cause of the fire at Loop 70 Champion Auto Parts. Officials responded just after 9 Wednesday evening, to find heavy smoke and fire rising from the back of the store. Firefighters were able to control the fire within 30 minutes, and spent an additional two hours removing burned ceiling drywall and charred insulation. Battalion Chief Brad Fraizer says the location and age of the building brought more attention to this call.

“This did go to a second alarm fire because of the age of the building and the fact that it’s a strip mall. The incident commander on the scene last night wanted to make sure we had enough resources on the scene to keep it contained, so it was a two-alarm fire," said Fraizer

While fire damage was contained to the auto parts store, nearby businesses did have minor smoke damage from the incident. No injuries were reported in any of the affected businesses