A fire that authorities believe was intentionally set left two homes on Greene Street in Columbia badly damaged on May 14, 2019.
CFD crews responded to the homes on the 1700 block of Greene Street just before 6:30 a.m. Heavy fire was found to be coming through the roof of one of the homes and its close proximity to the house next door caused the flames to spread quickly.
Not long after arriving on scene responders called for a second alarm, which dispatched additional firefighters. In total close to 50 CFD members were on scene and contained the fire by 7:30 a.m.
About 12 people were inside the two homes at the time of the fire but everyone escaped safely. Surveillance video later led police to a 21-year-old nearby resident. Investigators have since charged him with setting the fire.