A fire that broke out at an apartment building northeast of Columbia Saturday night is believed to have been caused by a methamphetamine lab, officials say.
The Columbia Fire Department responded to the fire in the 7600 block of Hunt Club Road in an area between Two Notch Road and I-77 around 6:30 p.m. Saturday, department spokesman Brick Lewis said.
The fire was contained to one room within a single apartment and damaged only the contents of that room, Lewis said. No one was at the apartment when firefighters arrived on the scene, he said.
After discovering suspicious materials in the room, the fire department notified investigators with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department who then determined that the materials were used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine, Lewis said.
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The fire caused about $15,000 worth of damages. No one was injured in the incident.
The Richland County Sheriff’s Department and Richland County Fire Marshal are continuing to investigate.