Columbia fire crews battle blaze at Worley Street KFC

Electrical panel to blame for $30,000 in damage

COLUMBIA, Mo. - UPDATE 7/9 - 8:30 A.M.: Investigators said the origin of a restaurant fire was near an electrical service panel on the outside wall of the building.

The Columbia Fire Department responded to the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant at 2004 W. Worley around 8:30 p.m. Sunday night. 

The investigators found that a short in the electrical equipment on the outer walls was the cause of the blaze that spread to the inside through a conduit.

It took about 10 minutes to get the flames out, which were showing from the rear corner of the building.

"The fire was also extinguished in the interior walls and attic," said Battalion Chief Brad Fraizer. "A total of seven fire department units responded." 

Fraizer said no injuries were reported and the damage estimate is around $30,000/

UPDATE 7/9 - 2:45 A.M.: Columbia fire crews worked for several hours to overhaul the scene of the KFC restaurant in the 2000 block of West Worley Street Sunday night. 

The Columbia Fire Marshal was called to the building to conduct an investigation, according to a department social media post. 



The restaurant was heavily damaged and it unclear if and when it will reopen.

ORIGINAL: Columbia emergency crews are responding to reports of a fire in the 2000 block of West Worley Street, at a KFC restaurant.



Smoke is visible from the building. Several Columbia firefighters are on scene.

ABC 17 News Crews are on scene, this story will be updated when more information is confirmed.

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