Fire ravages historic Babcock Building in South Carolina’s capital

Fire destroyed an iconic landmark visible from much of Columbia, South Carolina, Saturday morning.

A three alarm blaze ravaged the 1857 Babcock Building near downtown Columbia, fire officials told The State newspaper. The building was slated to be converted into a luxury housing development.

The state-owned building’s signature dome crumpled as the fire raged, sending embers flying through the air, injuring one of the 50 firefighters who battled the fire.

The dome was visible from many parts…

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