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Fire damages Locust Park Apartments


A single-alarm fire -- possibly started by a toaster -- raced through a kitchen in a third-floor apartment in Columbia's Village of Long Reach Saturday morning, a county fire spokesman said.

No one was injured in the fire, which was reported at 9:15 a.m. at the Locust Park Apartments in the 8800 block of Flowerstock Row, said Sgt. Robert Wiseman, a spokesman for the county Fire Department.

The fire started in the kitchen and quickly spread to the apartment's dining room, Sergeant Wiseman said. Firefighters prevented the fire from spreading to other apartments.

Two children who live in an nearby apartment were carried down the stairs, he said.

The fire and smoke caused $30,000 in damage to the apartment and $10,000 to its contents.

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