2-alarm fire that tore through condo building ruled accidental

Fire ripped through the roof of a condo building on the early morning of October 7, 2019. All tenants were able to escape the building at Briargate Condominiums safely by the time Columbia Richland fire crews arrived just before 7:00 a.m.


A 2nd-alarm was called seconds after the first truck arrived. That dispatched more than 40 firefighters to the condo complex off of Broad River Road.

The Irmo Fire District also provided support.

One person did sustain a minor injury by debris outside of the building.

The Richland County Fire Marshal’s Office later determined that the fire started in space above an interior electrical room, which supplied power to the building. The exact source of ignition went undetermined due to the extent of the damages.

County investigators ruled the fire accidental.