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Historic Columbia house burns in fire

A residence with historical significance to Columbia and Howard County burned in a two-alarm fire late Monday evening, according to Howard County's Department of Fire and Rescue Services.

At around 11:30 p.m., firefighters and paramedics were alerted to a residential fire in the 4900 block of Canvasback Drive, Columbia.

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Crews arrived and found fire showing through the roof of the two-story home. Five adults and one child were in the home when the fire started. All six evacuated because of functioning smoke alarms, according to HCDFRS.

A second alarm was needed, bringing in more than 50 personnel. It took firefighters two hours to extinguish the fire.

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Eight residents -- two of whom were not at home at the time of the fire -- were displaced and there were no injuries.

Investigators have ruled the fire accidental.

The fire caused an estimated $750,000 in damages to the home, according to HCDFRS.

According to the department, the property has historical significance to Howard County. The house was once a barn located on the land purchased by the Rouse Company. It was converted into a residence.

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