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Columbia Home Seriously Damaged By Fire

Columbia Home Seriously Damaged By Fire

CREATED Jan 16, 2014

COLUMBIA, Tenn. – A Columbia home was heavily damaged by fire overnight.

Columbia firefighters were called to a home on Highland Avenue just before 1 a.m. Thursday. They found the 2-story home fully engulfed in flames, but all of the occupants had gotten out safely.

For those inside the home, it was a close call.

"There were four children in the home that barely escaped out of this back apartment," said neighbor Bonnie Warren.

Firefighters were forced to evacuate after a "flashover" -- that's when the structure gets heated to its ignition point and bursts into flame.

"Literally it goes from the top of the ceiling to the floor," said Chief Lee Bergeron with the Columbia Fire Department. "As firefighters were coming out, fire was lapping over their heads." 

The home also suffered water damage.

Some pets also died in the blaze.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation.