A fire broke out in a trailer located near the at the around 5:40 a.m. Thursday morning, according to Howard County fire officials.
As the fire was being extinguished, smoke poured into the interior of Sears causing extensive damage, according to Howard County Fire and Rescue Services. The trailer was reportedly attached to a loading dock. The fire was under control by 8 a.m., officials said.
An airboat from Montgomery County was requested to assist with ventilating the mall to remove smoke, according to fire officials. Fire crews were on the scene throughout the morning on Thursday.
Kate Bowers, a Mall in Columbia spokesperson, said the mall would open at 10 a.m., its normal opening time.
The cause of the fire has not been determined yet, according to HCFD spokesperson Jackie Cutler. No injuries were reported.