A man was killed and a woman injured in a house fire early Friday morning in Columbia.
The fire sparked at the home located on the corner of East 17th Street and Carmack Boulevard around 1:20 a.m.
Neighbors said flames could be seen approximately 15 feet into the air, and were coming from three sides of the home.
Two motorists passing by stopped at the home and called 911.
The men, Tyree Scribner and Al Jackson, heard screams coming from the back of the home.
Karen Shults was hanging out of a window but was unable to get out of the home.
Scribner and Jackson were able to pull her to safety.
Assistant Chief Tim Holt said the back door was blocked by household items and the front door was blocked by flames
"There was no way for this lady to get out of the house other than going through a window," he explained. "They broke some windows out, [started] yelling to see if they could hear anyone inside, and that's when they found her in the back bedroom."
Chief Holt said the man who lived at the home, who was identified as Loyd Shults, was killed in the fire and was found near the bathroom. Two dogs also perished in the blaze.
Karen Shults was taken to Vanderbilt's burn unit and was last listed in stable condition.
Columbia police and the state fire marshal are investigating to determine a cause of the fire.
Thursday, August 28 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-08-28 19:28:07 GMT
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