On 11/16/14 at approximately 4:54 A.M., the Columbia Police and Fire Departments were dispatched to 1610 North Garth Avenue, Bach Yager Funeral Home, for a structure fire. Calls were received to Joint Dispatch indicating smoke could be seen coming from the roof of the business.
Upon arrival, Columbia Fire Department found a large fire in the auditorium of the building. The investigation of the fire revealed there was evidence the fire had been intentionally set.
The Columbia Police and Fire Departments are requesting the community's assistance with any information pertaining to the fire. If you, or anyone you know, was in the area prior to or after the fire was set and have information on suspicious activity or person(s), please contact Detective Steven Wilmoth with the Columbia Police Department at (573) 441-5480, or call Crime Stoppers at (573) 875-TIPS to remain anonymous.