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Columbia mattress storage building damaged by fire

The fire department battled a blaze at Graham-Sleepmaster Mattress Manufacturer

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The Columbia Fire Department said a fire heavily damaged the Graham-Sleepmaster Mattress Manufacturer off Two Notch Road in Columbia.

Firefighters arrived at the scene before 7 a.m. Tuesday. Upon arrival, the flames were in the rear, but quickly spread throughout, officials say.

No injuries were reported but the building at 1423 Ellerbe Street has suffered extensive damages. The building was being used for storage for a nearby furniture store. Several sleeper sofas were in the building.

"We'll probably be out here for the better part of the day because again when you got a bunch of mattresses and furniture, just want to make sure everything is out," Chief Aubrey Jenkins said. "The other thing it did affect one building next to it. Minor damage to the building, but other than that, everything it's surrounding is okay."

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.