COLUMBIA, SC — A conflagration Wednesday morning at an unoccupied house on Auburnleaf Drive did some $50,000 worth of damage, the Columbia Fire Department reported.
The fire was spotted by a passerby, who called 911 to report it.
Firefighters arriving on the scene found a large blaze and heavy black smoke at the house’s side and roof. No one was injured in the fire.
Another house, next door, had an estimated $1,500 in exterior damages due to heat from the first house’s fire.
One person who lived in the fire-damaged house was displaced, said fire department spokesman Brick Lewis.
The house is located off Leesburg Road, just south of Ft. Jackson.
The Richland County Fire Marshal’s Office has determined that a lightning strike started the blaze.