Rescues in Columbia


— One person was rescued from a second-floor balcony, but no one was injured in a fire at a St. Andrews apartment complex on Monday evening.

Brick Lewis, a spokesman for the Columbia Fire Department, said crews were dispatched to the Ashton at Longcreek Apartments at 1401 Longcreek Drive shortly after 9 p.m. Monday. That’s off Broad River Road near Interstate 20.

When they arrived, crews found Building 201, which has seven occupied apartments out of 10 altogether, with heavy fire and smoke coming from the second story and roof. One resident was rescued from their balcony.

Lewis said a secondary fire was sparked several apartments away, but it was quickly extinguished.

The Richland County Fire Marshal and the Richland County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the fire.

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