House burns in West Lake

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A four-bedroom home in West Lake subdivision in Columbia County valued at more than $400,000 was severely damaged Wednesday night when a fire erupted on the second floor.

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A house burns at 430 Congressional Court in the West Lake subdivision. Tax records value the home at $419,434.  SPECIAL
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A house burns at 430 Congressional Court in the West Lake subdivision. Tax records value the home at $419,434.

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The owners of the house, at 430 Cong­ressional Court, were home, but no injuries were reported from the blaze, which took about two hours to extinguish, said Jeremy Wallen, a spokesman for the Columbia County Fire Department.

He said five fire truck crews, totaling 20 men, arrived at the home about 8:09 p.m. to find the second floor engulfed in flames.

The cause had not been determined late Wednesday, Wallen said. Firefighters at the scene said it might have been caused by a tanning bed, but Wallen did not confirm that.

There was heavy fire and water damage to the top floor of house and minor damage to the home next door at 432 Congressional Court, caused by falling debris, he said.

Columbia County tax records list the home’s owner as Henry W. Ferguson., and put its tax value at $419,434.

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Willie Loman
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Willie Loman 04/10/13 - 10:57 pm
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Hmmm...

Family away for masters week. Husband home alone. Nothing suspicious here. Hope they check for accelerants.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 04/11/13 - 05:05 am
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Severely Damaged? Looks like

Severely Damaged?

Looks like a TOTAL LOSS from the photos...

KSL
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KSL 04/11/13 - 05:13 am
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Tanning bed?

Tanning bed?

rockymissy1
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rockymissy1 04/11/13 - 10:13 am
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It is sad

when anyone loses their home becasue, they lose all of their family pictures and memories and no amount of money can replace that!! However, I am sure that they have insurance that will cover the house...I just wouldnt recommend getting a tanning bed this time!!

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triscuit 04/11/13 - 10:20 am
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well if a tanning bed started

well if a tanning bed started it, thank goodness a person was not inside of it using it. Those things are like coffins...in fact, I heard a dermatologist refer to them as such!

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