Firefighters Respond to House Fire Caused by Plane Crash

The crash of a small aircraft in the Rosewood neighborhood of Columbia on January 13, 2021 caused one home there to catch fire.

CRFD crews were dispatched to the scene on the 2900 block of Kennedy Street near S. Maple Street just after 10:30 a.m. While en route to the scene responders called for a 2nd Alarm. The small plane itself crashed in the backyard of a home and the wreckage caught fire. The pilot on board the plane was killed and has since been identified by the Richland County Coroner as 62-year-old Farhad Rostampour of Greenville. Meanwhile the home in front of the yard suffered significant structural damages caused by the crash and the fire.

Fire crews entered the home and were able to extinguish the flames, which were mostly found in the attic area. One occupant was inside the house at the time of the crash but she was able to escape safely with a minor injury.

The National Transportation Safety Board is continuing to investigate the crash.

CRFD Fire Chief Aubrey D. Jenkins speaking media outlets following the crash.