Howard County firefighters battled a three-alarm fire in Columbia Thursday morning that ripped through a Columbia home and caused extensive damages.
According to officials from Howard County's Department of Fire and Rescue Services, units responded to the 5400 block of Dove Ring Road around 10:15 a.m. to a report of a townhouse fire.
Crews arrived and discovered a three-story townhouse fully engulfed in flames, according to HCDFRS. Three residents were in the home when the fire started and self-evacuated, officials said.
The fire escalated to a two-alarm fire, bringing more than 50 personnel from units in neighboring jurisdictions.
Officials said the weather conditions -- specifically the high wind -- caused the fire to spread to an adjacent home and to a discarded Christmas tree.
The fire escalated to a three-alarm fire after the adjacent unit caught fire. The fire was extinguished around 11 a.m., according to officials.
A collapse zone was established around the structure. Six residents and two dogs who occupied the two homes were displaced, officials said.
One fire fighter sustained a minor injury, and one civilian was injured in an accident unrelated to the fire, officials said.
Vantage Point Road near Route 175 has been closed while fire officials clean up and investigate.