Home damaged in Boone County fire

Fire officials have ruled the fire accidental.

Update: December 19, 2013, 4:55 p.m.

A Boone County couple is homeless after a fire destroyed most of their home. It happened around 10:30 a.m. on Roemer Road just north of Columbia. When Tiry Crane saw black smoke coming from his front porch, he immediately ran out his house. As the fire quickly spread throughout his home, Crane went back inside to call for help.

Crane said, â??I went back in the house and grabbed my landline and called 911 luckily before the electricity got shut off and then they was on the way. The smoke got so thick that I had to get out of there. I didnâ??t get nothing else. All I got was this phone.â??

Boone County firefighters had some trouble putting out the flames when part of the roof collapsed. No one was hurt. Craneâ??s wife was at a veterinarianâ??s office with their dog at the time of the fire. Brent Barnhill was taking his morning walk when he saw the flames and checked on his neighbor.

Barnhill said, â??It was locked. I was ready to kick the door in, but he was coming out. Another neighbor was coming at the same time. The smoke was getting really bad. It was hard to breathe. Thank goodness he was able to get out.â??

Firefighters battled hot spots in the attic for more than hour before getting the flames under control.

Investigators said the cause of the fire was ruled accidental. They think a heat lamp in a dog house on the front porch started the fire. Crane, his wife and dog are staying with family members who live nearby.

Investigators estimated the loss at about $250,000.

Original Story:

A fire damaged a home in Boone County Thursday morning.

Boone County fire crews responded to 911 calls on Roemer Road about 10:30 a.m., after the owner of the home saw black smoke coming from his front porch.

Firefighters had difficulty putting out the flames because of hot spots in the attic. Early estimated damage is at $250,000.

Fire officials have ruled the fire accidental and determined it started on the front porch likely from a heat lamp in the dog house.