West Columbia home completely destroyed by fire Wednesday evening
West Columbia, SC (Paul Kirby) – A home at the end of Boozer Street in West Columbia was completely destroyed by fire Wednesday evening. The fire, reported at approximately 7:15 p.m., was able to be seen from several major nearby thoroughfares, even though Boozer Street is a quiet little lane with small homes that lies between busy Knox Abbott Drive and Platt Springs Road. It’s tucked in behind Ozzie’s and Tropic Aire on one side, and the West Columbia Post Office and the Strawberry Skys recording studios on the other. One person who contacted The Ledger said he could clearly see the flames and glow of the fire well before he got close to actual street where the fire was burning.
West Columbia PD was first on the scene and their officer reported that the home was well involved. West Columbia’s first fire engine wrapped a supply hose to a fire hydrant near Wessinger Street, dropping it in so that the next due truck could make the connection and provide water for the fight. When West Columbia FD’s first report was made, it was that there was heavy smoke and fire with much of the heaviest flames leaping from the rear of the single-family home.
Other firefighting resources began to arrive from Cayce, the City of Columbia, and Lexington County. Those firefighters all joined in and the fire was attacked. In approximately 20 minutes, it was marked as under control. Firefighters stayed on the scene for some time making sure that the blaze wouldn’t restart.
According to a correspondent that The Ledger had on the scene, a West Columbia PD officer escorted the person identified as the resident of the home from the established police line down to where firefighters had the little home surrounded. The officer walked with him to ensure he wasn’t injured by the activity and didn’t hinder the fire crews. When he returned to the end of the street, he was shaking his head and told a friend waiting there, “It’s all gone.”
West Columbia FD had a fire marshal on the scene of the fire shortly after it was under control to try and determine what started it. They have not yet released that cause if it has been identified. No one was hurt during the fire, but the home was completely destroyed as a result of what happened.