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Authorities seek 6 seen near fire at historic South Carolina mental institution

Historic Fire South Carolina
Posted at 1:18 PM, Sep 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-13 13:18:53-04

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Authorities are looking for six people captured on surveillance video around the time an early morning fire devastated an iconic building in South Carolina’s capital city.

The Columbia Police Department released the images on Saturday of the people and a red pickup truck captured near a fire at the Dr. James Woods Babcock Building, part of a shuttered former mental health asylum that was slated to be converted into a luxury housing development.

Officials say more than 50 firefighters and 14 firetrucks worked to extinguish the three-alarm fire, which burned for more than 10 hours and caused estimated millions of dollars in damage.

Two firefighters suffered minor injuries when they were hit by falling debris.