Columbia fire chief: Spring Valley Commons fire intentionally set

jmonk@thestate.com, brantin@thestate.comOctober 14, 2013 

— A fire that caused an estimated $1 million worth of damage at a Northeast Richland shopping center was intentionally set, according to a preliminary investigation by the Columbia Fire Department.

Roughly 10 businesses were affected, and some destroyed, by the fire, which happened early Monday morning at the Spring Valley Commons shopping center, 9003 Two Notch Road, said Fire Chief Aubrey Jenkins said Monday afternoon.

A list of all the affected businesses was not available, he said.

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The fire started inside a self-storage business, located in the center of the complex, according to the Richland County Fire Marshal’s Office.

There are no suspects at this time, Jenkins said.

The arson case has been turned over to the Richland County Sheriff’s Department, Jenkins said.

More than 60 firefighters and 13 fire trucks responded to the three-alarm blaze, he added. No injuries were reported.

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