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On Saturday, June 18 at 2:00 p.m., the Columbia Fire Department was called to respond to the 200 block of Bittersweet Court for a reported residential structure fire.  Fire crews received reports of a fire in the rear of a residence.

The first fire crew arrived within five minutes and observed moderate smoke conditions from the rear of a one-story residence on a walkout basement.  The crew encountered significant smoke conditions inside the rear of the residence.  They began an aggressive interior fire attack and search and rescue operations with a preconnected hose line.  The fire crew quickly isolated the fire to a basement family room.

As additional personnel and equipment arrived, fire crews initiated search and rescue operations on the first floor and began ventilation operations to clear the residence of smoke and ensure the fire had been confined to the basement.

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During firefighting operations, crews determined the occupants of the residence had made it safely to the exterior of the building without injuries.

The fire was brought under control in approximately 5 minutes.

Columbia fire marshals were called to perform an origin and cause investigation. The cause of the fire is determined to be improperly discarded smoking materials.  Damage is estimated at $5,000.  Fire marshals determined smoke alarms alerted the occupants to the fire.

Ten crews from the Columbia Fire Department and one University of Missouri - Columbia advanced life support EMS asset responded to this incident.

The Columbia Fire Department reminds residents that smoke alarms save lives. Smoke alarms should be placed on every level of your home and outside of places where people sleep. Check your smoke alarms monthly by pressing the test button. Change your smoke alarm batteries at least twice per year when adjusting your clocks for Daylight Saving Time. Replace any smoke alarm over ten (10) years old.

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