FBI assisting in investigation of 'suspicious' fire at Columbia Planned Parenthood clinic

The Planned Parenthood clinic in Columbia experienced a fire Sunday morning. (File)

A Columbia Police Department spokesperson said Monday afternoon the Federal Bureau of Investigation would be involved in the investigation of a suspicious fire.

The Columbia Fire Department responded to the Planned Parenthood clinic on Providence Road in Columbia Sunday morning and saw a light haze in the building. First responders said a small fire had started inside the structure and the building's sprinkler system extinguished it.

An investigation determined the fire was suspicious, and the Columbia Police Department was notified. Jeff Pitts, the Columbia Police Department's spokesperson, said federal investigators out of the FBI office in Kansas City, Missouri, was called in to assist in the investigation.

Anyone with information about this incident has been asked to contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or Crimestoppers at 573.875.TIPS to remain anonymous.

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