Columbia apartment fire brings community together

5 days 9 hours 15 minutes ago Saturday, November 09 2019 Nov 9, 2019 Saturday, November 09, 2019 1:15:00 PM CST November 09, 2019 in News
By: Destinee Patterson, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - Fanny Winget and her son Isaac Shapiro were cleaning the house when they heard a fire alarm go off in their apartment building Saturday morning.

Winget said her son looked out their door to see smoke engulfing the hallways. 

"I started praying because I don't want to go to hell," she said. 

Winget and Shapiro live across the hall from the unit where the fire started. Firefighters said they got to Smithton Condominiums within four minutes of leaving the fire station. 

Simona Vaughn lives in the building across the street from Winget. 

"This is really interesting," Vaughn said. "Instead of just watching, maybe I could help."

Vaughn said she brought tea, apple cider, winter gear and blankets to keep her neighbors and their pets warm. 

"Now, I'm babysitting this bearded dragon," she said. 

The bearded dragon is one of Winget's two pets she grabbed when she evacuated the building. She also has a cat. 

In a press release, the Columbia Fire Department said fire crews contained a fire in a kitchen.

Neighbors said they believe it could have been a cooking fire.

Firefighters said they extinguished the fire in about five minutes after calling for additional resources. 

While most of the building is safe for residents to return, Winget said their apartment is not in good shape. 

"It's not good," she said. 

Winget said the fire alarm in her apartment melted and it wreaks of smoke. 

Firefighters said there is heavy damage to one unit and smoke damage to three others.

Fire crews evaluated two people for smoke inhalation and one of them was taken to the hospital.

Firefighters said they could not disclose the condition of the person.

Winget said she likes the area and hopes to find another apartment nearby if she decides to move out. 

Twelve units from the Columbia Fire Department responded.

The Red Cross was also on the scene to assess any needs. 

More News

Grid
List
GILLAM - Jay Minor is continuing to fight for his son, Jayke Minor, and other families after Governor Parson vetoed... More >>
1 hour ago Thursday, November 14 2019 Nov 14, 2019 Thursday, November 14, 2019 9:07:13 PM CST November 14, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The city held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to unveil the new Columbia Sports Fieldhouse Thursday evening. The city... More >>
2 hours ago Thursday, November 14 2019 Nov 14, 2019 Thursday, November 14, 2019 8:25:37 PM CST November 14, 2019 in Continuous News
JEFFERSON CITY — Thursday state officials announced a second vaping-related death in Missouri. Officials with the Missouri Department of... More >>
2 hours ago Thursday, November 14 2019 Nov 14, 2019 Thursday, November 14, 2019 8:14:00 PM CST November 14, 2019 in News
WARRENSBURG, Mo. (AP) — A student at the University of Central Missouri is facing manslaughter charges in the shooting... More >>
6 hours ago Thursday, November 14 2019 Nov 14, 2019 Thursday, November 14, 2019 4:23:00 PM CST November 14, 2019 in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Authorities have arrested a woman whose husband’s corpse was found in a freezer in a... More >>
6 hours ago Thursday, November 14 2019 Nov 14, 2019 Thursday, November 14, 2019 3:50:00 PM CST November 14, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Police arrested a man Wednesday afternoon after a traffic stop turned into a chase. According to... More >>
7 hours ago Thursday, November 14 2019 Nov 14, 2019 Thursday, November 14, 2019 2:59:00 PM CST November 14, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Bed bugs spotted at the Harry S. Truman State Office building has a number of state employees... More >>
7 hours ago Thursday, November 14 2019 Nov 14, 2019 Thursday, November 14, 2019 2:36:00 PM CST November 14, 2019 in News
CALLAWAY COUNTY - Governor Parson toured a bridge scheduled to be replaced over I-70 Thursday as MoDOT still faces a... More >>
8 hours ago Thursday, November 14 2019 Nov 14, 2019 Thursday, November 14, 2019 2:10:00 PM CST November 14, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA- MU announced Thursday that it had made plans to demolish Pickard Hall. The historic building has been on... More >>
8 hours ago Thursday, November 14 2019 Nov 14, 2019 Thursday, November 14, 2019 1:54:00 PM CST November 14, 2019 in News
BOONE COUNTY - Deputies arrested six people in a drug bust Thursday evening after searching a home in northeast Columbia.... More >>
9 hours ago Thursday, November 14 2019 Nov 14, 2019 Thursday, November 14, 2019 1:18:00 PM CST November 14, 2019 in News
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — A student gunman opened fire Thursday at a Southern California high school, killing two students,... More >>
12 hours ago Thursday, November 14 2019 Nov 14, 2019 Thursday, November 14, 2019 10:30:00 AM CST November 14, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Police are investigating an armed robbery at Break Time on Forum Boulevard Thursday morning. Columbia police said... More >>
12 hours ago Thursday, November 14 2019 Nov 14, 2019 Thursday, November 14, 2019 10:07:00 AM CST November 14, 2019 in News
FULTON - Police arrested a man Wednesday on several charges, including drug-related crimes. Officers with a federal warrant found... More >>
14 hours ago Thursday, November 14 2019 Nov 14, 2019 Thursday, November 14, 2019 8:11:00 AM CST November 14, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA (AP) — A judge has found that the University of Missouri knowingly violated the state's open records law... More >>
15 hours ago Thursday, November 14 2019 Nov 14, 2019 Thursday, November 14, 2019 7:28:08 AM CST November 14, 2019 in Continuous News
COLUMBIA (AP) — The University of Missouri has received a $10 million gift from the Kinder Foundation, which will... More >>
18 hours ago Thursday, November 14 2019 Nov 14, 2019 Thursday, November 14, 2019 4:18:38 AM CST November 14, 2019 in Continuous News
COLUMBIA - A Columbia man pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday for his connections to drug trafficking and a... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, November 13 2019 Nov 13, 2019 Wednesday, November 13, 2019 10:19:32 PM CST November 13, 2019 in News
FULTON - The Fulton Board of Education met Wednesday to discuss language on the April 2020 ballot regarding several of... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, November 13 2019 Nov 13, 2019 Wednesday, November 13, 2019 6:48:00 PM CST November 13, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - On World Kindness day, students and faculty at Russell Boulevard Elementary came together to honor former Columbia mayor... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, November 13 2019 Nov 13, 2019 Wednesday, November 13, 2019 5:56:00 PM CST November 13, 2019 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 31°
11pm 28°
12am 27°
1am 27°
2am 26°