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Fire At Columbia, SC Government Building

A “small fire” broke out at a city government building in downtown Columbia, S.C. on Friday afternoon – prompting the evacuation of all employees at the facility. The fire occurred at the City of Columbia’s 1136 Washington Street facility – which is located just off of the city’s Main Street….

A “small fire” broke out at a city government building in downtown Columbia, S.C. on Friday afternoon – prompting the evacuation of all employees at the facility.

The fire occurred at the City of Columbia’s 1136 Washington Street facility – which is located just off of the city’s Main Street. The building is home to numerous city offices – and handles all sorts of public interactions (including the payment of parking tickets).

A spokeswoman for the Columbia Fire Department (CFD) tells FITS the situation is “under control.”

We’re also told City of Columbia, S.C. police officers have made an arrest in the vicinity of the building – although we’re informed that law enforcement does not believe the individual they nabbed for disorderly conduct has anything to do with the fire.

“An African American man was arrested,” a witness tells us. “He was yelling and thrashing. It took several police and security (to restrain him).”

The suspect was reportedly placed in a vehicle – but then taken out and made to lie “face down on the street, while he continued yelling.”

Here are a couple of images we were provided from the scene …

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And here’s a picture of the individual who was arrested (courtesy of @MrSeanRoper)

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36 comments

Cicero August 2, 2013 at 3:59 pm

“Putting out fires is not a core government function.” – Will Folks

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History is fun August 3, 2013 at 5:02 pm

“Fire departments were again formed by property insurance companies beginning in the 17th century after the Great Fire of London in 1666. The first insurance brigades were established the following year.[4] Others began to realize that a lot of money could be made from this practice, and ten more insurance companies set up in London before 1832: The Alliance, Atlas, Globe, Imperial, London, Protector, Royal Exchange, Sun Union and Westminster.[5] Each company had its own fire mark, a durable plaque that would be affixed to the building exterior. A company’s fire brigade would not extinguish a burning building if it did not have the correct fire mark.[”

“In the 19th century, the practice of fire brigades refusing to put out fires in buildings that were uninsured led to the demand of central command for fire companies. Cities started to form their own fire departments as a civil service to the public, forcing private fire companies to shut down, and merging their fire stations into the city’s fire department.”

Wikpedia

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Smirks August 4, 2013 at 5:29 pm

Public sector entities don’t just come into being for no reason at all. Surprise surprise.

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Cicero August 2, 2013 at 3:59 pm

“Putting out fires is not a core government function.” – Will Folks

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History is fun August 3, 2013 at 5:02 pm

“Fire departments were again formed by property insurance companies beginning in the 17th century after the Great Fire of London in 1666. The first insurance brigades were established the following year.[4] Others began to realize that a lot of money could be made from this practice, and ten more insurance companies set up in London before 1832: The Alliance, Atlas, Globe, Imperial, London, Protector, Royal Exchange, Sun Union and Westminster.[5] Each company had its own fire mark, a durable plaque that would be affixed to the building exterior. A company’s fire brigade would not extinguish a burning building if it did not have the correct fire mark.[”

“In the 19th century, the practice of fire brigades refusing to put out fires in buildings that were uninsured led to the demand of central command for fire companies. Cities started to form their own fire departments as a civil service to the public, forcing private fire companies to shut down, and merging their fire stations into the city’s fire department.”

Wikpedia

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Smirks August 4, 2013 at 5:29 pm

Public sector entities don’t just come into being for no reason at all. Surprise surprise.

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GreenvilleLwyr August 2, 2013 at 4:10 pm

The roof the roof the roof is on fire
We don’t need no water let the motherfucker burn

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shifty henry August 2, 2013 at 4:25 pm

GL— don’t turn your phone on until you return to Greenville.

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GreenvilleLwyr August 2, 2013 at 4:10 pm

The roof the roof the roof is on fire
We don’t need no water let the motherfucker burn

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shifty henry August 2, 2013 at 4:25 pm

GL— don’t turn your phone on until you return to Greenville.

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Jay Ellington August 2, 2013 at 4:16 pm

That man was clearly experiencing low blood sugar, Wilson and Santiago say it’s cool with them if the man is released.

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shifty henry August 2, 2013 at 4:24 pm

JE— and I’m going to claim the same defense when my postings are voted down, unless they are really stupid and off-the-wall

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Jay Ellington August 2, 2013 at 4:30 pm

Can I smash you in the back of the legs with a baton if they’re REALLY REALLY stupid?

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shifty henry August 2, 2013 at 6:46 pm

Jay – gotta catch me first, cause I’m really “shifty”.

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The Ghost of Fat Greg Dulli August 2, 2013 at 4:16 pm

That man was clearly experiencing low blood sugar, Wilson and Santiago say it’s cool with them if the man is released.

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shifty henry August 2, 2013 at 4:24 pm

JE— and I’m going to claim the same defense when my postings are voted down, unless they are really stupid and off-the-wall

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The Ghost of Fat Greg Dulli August 2, 2013 at 4:30 pm

Can I smash you in the back of the legs with a baton if they’re REALLY REALLY stupid?

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shifty henry August 2, 2013 at 6:46 pm

Jay – gotta catch me first, cause I’m really “shifty”.

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marc ferman August 2, 2013 at 4:18 pm

let that thing burn!

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marc ferman August 2, 2013 at 4:18 pm

let that thing burn!

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shifty henry August 2, 2013 at 4:22 pm

ALERT: track the whereabouts of Benjamin, Santiago, and McBride !!!

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shifty henry August 2, 2013 at 4:22 pm

ALERT: track the whereabouts of Benjamin, Santiago, and McBride !!!

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The Unknown Comic August 2, 2013 at 4:51 pm

“An African American man was arrested,” a witness tells us. “He was yelling and thrashing.”

Are you sure this didn’t occur in a movie theater?

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The Unknown Comic August 2, 2013 at 4:51 pm

“An African American man was arrested,” a witness tells us. “He was yelling and thrashing.”

Are you sure this didn’t occur in a movie theater?

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Soft Sigh from Hell August 2, 2013 at 4:53 pm

Were perhaps all the Sponseller (sp?), Scott, and Santiago records stored there, by complete chance?

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Soft Sigh from Hell August 2, 2013 at 4:53 pm

Were perhaps all the Sponseller (sp?), Scott, and Santiago records stored there, by complete chance?

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Just another Joe August 2, 2013 at 5:22 pm

Where is General Sherman when we need him?

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Just another Joe August 2, 2013 at 5:22 pm

Where is General Sherman when we need him?

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Todd August 3, 2013 at 12:02 pm

So THAT’S what Santiago and Benjamin are going to tell the Feds when they come looking for documents? We lost them in the fire? Lillian McBride must have helped them come up with this plan.

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Sam August 5, 2013 at 10:40 am

Yes, black ops at work here.

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Todd August 3, 2013 at 12:02 pm

So THAT’S what Santiago and Benjamin are going to tell the Feds when they come looking for documents? We lost them in the fire? Lillian McBride must have helped them come up with this plan.

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Sam August 5, 2013 at 10:40 am

Yes, black ops at work here.

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Polyphemos August 3, 2013 at 11:37 pm

If you look very carefully at the seal of the city of Columbia, Lady Justice is peeking under the blindfold with both eyes.

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Slartibartfast August 3, 2013 at 11:37 pm

If you look very carefully at the seal of the city of Columbia, Lady Justice is peeking under the blindfold with both eyes.

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You know me August 5, 2013 at 10:39 am

Black Ops at work.

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You know me August 5, 2013 at 10:39 am

Black Ops at work.

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