An early morning house fire in Columbia left a home completely destroyed and four people living next door displaced, fire officials say.
The fire is believed to have started around 5 a.m. Saturday in an unoccupied home in the 2000 block of Santee Avenue near Five Points, said Columbia Fire Department spokesman Brick Lewis.
The fire then spread to a neighboring home occupied by four college-age women, Lewis said. The blaze was contained in about an hour, and no one was injured, he said.
The four roommates are being assisted by friends and the American Red Cross, Lewis said.
The home where the fire is believed to have originated has been destroyed. The residence next to it sustained about $60,000 worth of damages, he said.
Fire officials remain on the scene. A cause has yet to be determined, Lewis said.