Early morning fire damages commercial building

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A fire damaged a commercial structure on Austin Avenue on Sunday morning. No injuries were reported.

The Columbia Fire Department responded to the fire at 206 Austin Ave. at 4:52 a.m., within ten minutes of being dispatched. Firefighters observed heavy smoke from the second story of the two-story building, according to a news release.

Additional crews and equipment responded to a second alarm shortly after the first. A total of 12 units responded and brought the fire under control.

Assistant Fire Marshal Joel Pauley is investigating the origin of the fire. Columbia Fire Department Assistant Chief Brad Frazier said in an email that no additional information was available at this time.

The Spay Neuter Project, a nonprofit animal clinic, is located on the first floor of 206 Austin Ave. Representatives for the Spay Neuter Project could not be reached for comment.

Supervising editor is Gary Garrison.

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