House burns in West Lake

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.

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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