Columbia firefighters battle vacant business blaze

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Columbia fire officials are investigating after a fire broke out at a vacant produce business on Rabon Road Monday night.

Deputy Chief Aubrey Jenkins says two storage units were on fire and both are a total loss. The fire started a little before 8 p.m. and firefighters had it under control within 45 minutes.

Officials aren't sure what caused the fire, but they do know a power line was down on the ground next to the building. One person nearby said he heard an explosion when the fire started.

The building's owner, Johnny Tillman, has owned it for 25 years and he used to sell produce out of there. He says he was in the building two hours before the fire, picking up some supplies.

"The thought is now just getting it cleaned up after the fire," said Tillman. "It's something you can't -- it's over. Can't bring it back. Just have to accept it."

Fire officials say there's about $100,000 worth of damage.

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