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One treated after early-morning house fire

A family of three narrowly escaped their burning home early Friday morning after their smoke alarms woke them from sleep.

Park Hills Fire Captain Brad Weiss said they were called to a house in the 200 block of Fir St. at 1:50 a.m. for a house engulfed in flames.

“The family had a working smoke detector and the working smoke detector saved three people this morning,” Weiss said. “After they got out, the first floor collapsed before we got there, so the fire had been burning for that long inside before the smoke detector went off. If they would have been in there for another five minutes there wouldn’t have been anybody to save.”

Weiss said one person was transported to the hospital for smoke inhalation. He said he had apparently went back into the house to look for a dog that they couldn’t found.

“He was overcome with the smoke, so he was transported to Parkland,” said Weiss. “I don’t know that the dog was ever in the house because there were four or five out in the backyard, so I don’t know there was actually a dog in the house to be honest.”

Weiss explained to his knowledge all the animals were outside in the backyard. There were dog doors, so he thought all the dogs had made it out to the backyard.

“There was a husband, wife and a child who were in the home,” said Weiss. “They are very lucky to be alive. When we arrived there was heavy fire coming from the basement, part of the floor had already collapsed and there was heavy fire in the rear of the first floor of the home.”

Weiss said Desloge arrived about a minute before them and Park Hills had a crew who made an initial attack and tried to get into the front of the home, but because the floor had collapsed they weren’t able to make it inside.

“A crew went to the rear and they actually had a two-car garage and we were able to keep the fire from spreading to the garage,” Weiss said. “The house was so well involved before we arrived, so we weren’t able to do a lot for it.”

Departments to assist Park Hills were Desloge, Farmington, Leadington, Big River and Wolf Creek Fire Departments. Also, De Soto Rural moved up to their fire house and responded to calls for them.

Weiss said they were at the home until 6:30 a.m. and were called back out for a rekindle at approximately 8 a.m.

“In the initial call, more than three-quarters of the house was gutted by the fire and the first floor had actually collapsed into the basement,” said Weiss. “It really limited the amount of stuff we could do to the attic space and apparently there was something still in the attic we weren’t able to get too initially.”

Weiss said the neighbor called reporting heavy smoke coming from the attic and they went back out there. He said they ended up having to remove all of the drywall and insulation from the attic area from outside the home, since they couldn’t get inside the home due to the floor that had collapsed.

“We used a couple ladders around the exterior and we were able to stand just inside the doorway using hooks to pull as much as we could down without really getting into the house,” said Weiss.

They responded to a second rekindle, a small fire, just before 4 p.m.

He added the home was a total loss and probably was before they were even called for the first fire. He added they called the Missouri State Fire Marshal’s Office out to investigate the cause of the fire.

“With the manpower we had and the amount of fire we had, everybody did a good job,” said Weiss. “Everybody came and worked and then went home. The family was actually renting that house for the last two years or so and I am not certain what arrangements have been made, as far as a place to stay.”

Weiss added the fire marshal did do his investigation and originally the family had thought the fire started somewhere in the area of the furnace.

“The fire marshal still ruled the fire as undetermined, but did determine it was not near the area of the furnace,” said Weiss. “His suspicion was some type of electrical issue, but because of the damage, he was not able to locate a source or anything further than that.”

Firefighters respond to a second rekindle of a house that was destroyed by fire early Friday. 

Firefighters respond to a second rekindle of a house that was destroyed by fire early Friday. 

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Area firefighters responded to a house fire during the early morning hours Friday and were called back for a second time when the flames rekindled in the attic.

Area firefighters responded to a house fire during the early morning hours Friday and were called back for a second time when the flames rekindled in the attic.

Renee Bronaugh is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3617 or rbronaugh@dailyjournalonline.com

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