(COLUMBIA, MO) ~ Columbia Fire Department Responds to Early Morning Commercial Fire

In the early hours of Friday, March 22, the Columbia Fire Department received a call at 3:45 a.m. regarding a commercial structure fire in the 800 block of North Boulevard. Upon arrival, it was confirmed that the actual address of the incident was in the 900 block of Business Loop 70 East.

The first crew arrived on scene within five minutes and were met with a story-and-a-half commercial structure engulfed in flames. The fire had also spread to connected buildings on both sides, posing a threat to their safety.

Without hesitation, the first responders quickly initiated a rapid-fire attack on the blaze. However, due to the severity of the situation, additional support was requested by the incident commander just five minutes into their efforts. This resulted in three more fire engines and an air truck being dispatched to assist with extinguishing the fire.

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Using multiple handlines and aerial ladders, firefighters were able to successfully knock down the flames and protect the adjacent buildings from further damage. In total, nineteen Columbia Fire units with 38 personnel responded to this incident and were able to bring it under control within approximately 45 minutes.

As a precautionary measure, fire crews remained on site for several hours to assist with investigations and ensure that no hidden fires remained. The Columbia fire marshals are currently conducting an origin and cause investigation. Fortunately, no injuries were reported during this incident.

In light of this event, the Columbia Fire Department would like to remind residents about the importance of having working smoke alarms in their homes. These devices have been proven to save lives and should be installed on every level of your home as well as outside sleeping areas. It is also recommended to test your smoke alarms monthly and change their batteries at least twice a year when adjusting clocks for Daylight Saving Time. Any smoke alarm over ten years old should be replaced immediately.

The Columbia Fire Department commends the swift and efficient response of their crews in handling this early morning commercial fire. Their dedication and bravery continue to serve and protect the community.

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