City of Columbia Fire Department Columbia Fire Department

201 Orr Street
Columbia, MO 65201

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 9, 2019

CONTACT: Assistant Fire Chief Brad Fraizer
Office - 573-874-7557
Monday through Friday 8am - 5pm

Structure Fire at Smithton Condo Apartments

(COLUMBIA, MO) - The Columbia Fire Department was dispatched to a commercial structure fire at 500 Columbia Drive, Smithton Condo Apartments, apartment C, at 8:01am on Saturday, November 9, 2019.

First arriving units observed heavy smoke coming from a six-plex apartment building, evacuation of the building was in progress.   Crews pulled a preconnected hoseline, advanced it into apartment C and began an aggressive fire attack.  There were reports that some occupants were unaccounted for and could still be inside.  Based on this information the incident commander upgraded to a second alarm, requesting additional equipment and personnel.

Fire crews were able to contain the fire to the kitchen in apartment C and confirm that all occupants were accounted for.  Two residents were evaluated by ambulance personnel for smoke inhalation.

An Assistant Fire Marshal was dispatched to perform a fire origin and cause investigation.  Additional details will be released as they become available.  

Twelve units from the Columbia Fire Department responded to this call.


City of Columbia Vision
Columbia is the best place for everyone to live, work, learn and play.

City of Columbia Mission
To serve the public through democratic, transparent and efficient government.

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