UPDATE: Columbia fire says blaze at condemned state mental health hospital under control
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Columbia fire crews are on the scene of a 2-alarm fire at the abandoned and condemned state mental health hospital on Bull Street Thursday evening.
Shortly after 11 p.m., Columbia Fire tweeted that the fire is now under control.
It’s unclear how the fire started at the Babcock building, not the Barringer building. The fire has been contained to the south portion of the building. Calhoun Street at Pickens Street is closed to traffic at this time as crews work to put out the fire.
The Babcock building used to be a part of the state hospital and was built in the mid-1800s. The building has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1981.
“We are all heartbroken at the damage to the historic Babcock Building and thankful to the brave men and women of Columbia Fire who protected and fought to preserve this treasure,” Mayor Steve Benjamin said in a tweet.
The abandoned mental health hospital was also a part of the BullStreet development and was going to be a part of the revitalization efforts in that area.
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