Fire Destroys Blythewood Home

Volunteer and City of Columbia firefighters extinguish the last remaining flames that destroyed a Pine Grove Road home Sunday morning. (Photo/Barbara Ball)

Volunteer and City of Columbia firefighters extinguish the last remaining flames that destroyed a Pine Grove Road home Sunday morning. (Photo/Barbara Ball)

BLYTHEWOOD – An early morning blaze Sunday laid waste to a home on Pine Grove Road.

The Columbia Fire Department said more than a dozen trucks responded to the home at 1126 Pine Grove Road after receiving an emergency call at 6:40 a.m. Sunday. By the time the first trucks arrived, the house was in full blaze, with flames leaping from the second story windows. No one was at home at the time of the blaze, a Fire Department spokesperson said, and there were no injuries sustained by fire crews in their battle with the inferno.

Firefighters did conduct an initial search of the home upon their arrival, but were quickly withdrawn as the fire fully engulfed the structure. Just after firefighters called off their search, the spokesperson said, the second floor collapsed into the ground floor of the home.

The spokesperson said the home had apparently been burning for some time prior to the call coming in, and when crews arrived the house was 80 percent engulfed. A ladder truck was ultimately dispatched to the scene to dowse the remainder of the flames.

At press time, the cause of the fire was not known and the incident remains under investigation.

 

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