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Overnight fire at Columbia apartment complex

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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) – An overnight fire at a Columbia apartment complex near Garners Ferry Road has left several people without a home.

The fire started just before 3:00 a.m. at the Wellington Farms Apartments on Greenlawn Drive.

Columbia Fire Chief Aubrey Jenkins said crews were able to contain the fire to just one unit, but at least two apartments suffered significant damage. 

Chief Jenkins said while not all of the apartments in the unit were damaged, all of the residents who lived in the unit have been displaced.

"Because of all the significant damage that was done to the structure, we actually cut the power to all the apartments in this one unit," said Chief Jenkins. "That's pretty standard because it actually got up in the roof, so we cut the power to the whole building."

The Red Cross is assisting the families affected by the fire.

Investigators have determined the fire was accidental and caused by food left cooking unattended. While no one was seriously injured, Chief Jenkins says one man suffered minor injuries. "A person that was trying to put the fire out- it wasn't his apartment that was on fire, but he was trying to put the fire out and he had a minor injury," said Jenkins. "But he was treated on scene by EMS and released."

Fire officials estimate $350,000 worth of damage.  

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