Columbia Fire Department responds to auto salvage fire

The county and city departments shuttled 22,000 gallons of water.

Units from the Columbia Fire Department were dispatched around 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday to a reported commercial structure fire at Super Recycled Auto Parts at 4901 Rogers Rd.

Members of the Columbia Fire Department riding on the fire engine Quint 5 reported heavy smoke and requested the dispatch of a Boone County Tanker, according to a Columbia Fire Department news release.

The division chief called for another fire engine and two additional tankers after receiving further reports of heavy smoke from the scene. The extra units came from the Boone County Fire Protection District, according to the news release.

Quint 5 arrived on the scene at 12:42 p.m.

The engines and tankers had to work as a shuttle operation to gather water for fighting the blaze. The nearest supply was from the intersection of Rogers and Wyatt Lane. It had to reach a shed located several hundred feet away from the roadway.

The shuttle operation required several engines to share and supply water to one another. Quint 4 later arrived on the scene and supplied water to Quint 5. When Quint 9 arrived on the scene, they pumped their water to Quint 5 as well. Engine 101 and L1 also took part in the operation.

The operation grew from two to five tankers. The county and city departments shuttled 22,000 gallons of water in their joint efforts.

“It was a large fire,” John Metz, a Columbia Fire Department spokesman, said. “The building was stocked with auto parts, recycled auto parts and tires, so it required a lot of water to put out.”

The crew maintained the fire by 1:30 p.m. but continued their work to reduce hot spots.

There were no reported injuries.

Battalion Chief Gale Blomenkamp of the Boone County Fire Protection District estimated nearly $70,000 in damage.

Boone County Fire Investigators are still investigating the cause of the fire.

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