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Early morning fire destroys Columbia home

By on July 10, 2018 at 2:44 am

Pictured is the aftermath of an early Tuesday morning fire on Lookout Drive in Columbia. (Corey Saathoff photo)

The Columbia Fire Department responded about 2 a.m. Tuesday to a structure fire at 105 Lookout Drive. The Millstadt Fire Department and Columbia police and EMS provided assistance at the scene.

The American Red Cross was contacted to provide assistance to two adults and two children, ages 13 and 15, who were displaced as a result of the fire.

Columbia Assistant Fire Chief Jim Broshears said the cause of the fire was electrical in nature, adding that the rental home is no longer livable with fire, heat and smoke damage.

“The family members and their dogs got out after seeing and smelling smoke,” Broshears said. “The family’s pet bird, a parakeet, did not make it.”

The renter of the home is Brad Storll. The owner of the residence is Bernadine DeRossett, who lives out of town.

Firefighters were on the scene of the fire for about an hour.

Corey Saathoff

Corey is the editor of the Republic-Times. He has worked at the newspaper since 2004, and currently resides in Columbia. He is also the principal singer-songwriter and plays guitar in St. Louis area country-rock band The Trophy Mules.