(AP) – More than 80 residents were forced from an assisted living complex in Columbia after a morning fire.
The fire was reported around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Forest Pines Retirement Residence at 1720 Devonshire Drive.
Three people were taken to a hospital after the fire. There was no immediate word on their condition. Several other residents were taken to the hospital later as a precaution.
Other residents were taken to a city park building while the firefighters investigated the blaze. Officials think the fire started on the third floor, but the cause has not been determined.
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Fire Chief Aubrey Jenkins says the fire caused about $1 million in damage.