Columbia Police and Columbia Fire released surveillance pictures of persons of interest in connection with Saturday's massive fire at the Babcock Building in downtown Columbia.
At least six people are being sought who were seen in the area at the time of the fire. Investigators would like to identify and locate the individuals, who may have valuable information to aid the case. The group also occupied a red truck at the time (pictured).
Law enforcement encourage citizens with information regarding the whereabouts of these people, the vehicle, or the fire itself to contact Crimestoppers at 888-CRIME-SC, at midlandscrimestoppers.com, or through the P3 Tips app.
Recap of incident:
A Columbia police officer on patrol in the 2100 block of Bull Street detected a strong odor of smoke and saw a dense layer of fog in the area around 6:30 a.m. Saturday.
During the same time frame, CFD crews were already approaching the scene of the Babcock Building, to extinguish a blaze. Firefighters found flames coming from the basement area and requested a full structure fire response.
The fire burned the building's roof, including the iconic dome and caused several structural collapses inside, according to CPD.
There were more than 50 CFD firefighters, 14 trucks, and support from the Fort Jackson Fire Department on-scene working to extinguish the massive flames for more than 10 hours.
During the efforts, two CFD firefighters suffered minor injuries when debris from the building fell on top of them. One firefighter who was transported to the hospital has since been treated and released.
CPD reports that it is likely millions of dollars in damages have been done.