Investigators say apartment fire that damaged 16 units started on balcony


Investigators have returned to the scene of a Columbia apartment complex where a fire broke out late Monday afternoon.

The Richland County Fire Marshal and investigators are still trying to piece together what caused the fire at 401 Burnside Drive at about 4 p.m. Monday.

Investigators still don’t know they cause, but they do know it started on a lower balcony.

RELATED: See photos from the Monday afternoon blaze.

In total, 16 apartments received damage and six of the apartments were destroyed. Of those 16 apartments, 13 of them were occupied and three were vacant.

Residents at the scene said that the smoke detectors were not working inside the apartment building. Columbia fire officials said that the building had smoke alarms, but due to the damage, they couldn’t tell if they were operational.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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