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Firefighters injured in fire

Two firefighters received minor injuries while fighting a house fire Monday morning on Kinley Road in Farmington.

Several area agencies work to douse flames at a Farmington house fire Monday morning.

Several area agencies work to douse flames at a Farmington house fire Monday morning.

Farmington Fire Chief Todd Mecey said they were called to a house fire in the 100 block of Kinley Dr.  at 10:20 a.m. and when they arrived the house was engulfed in flames.

“There was heavy smoke and fire showing on both ends of the structure and initial reports were that everyone had been evacuated,” Mecey said. “The crews made an interior attack and they experienced flashover conditions during the interior attack.”

A flashover occurs when there is an inversion inside with the thermal layer, which causes it to get very hot. Essentially the house turns into a high intensity oven.

“They had to go out and change to defensive operations to the exterior,” Mecey said. “Both firemen received minor burns and were transported to the local emergency room where they were treated and released.”

Firefighters rest and cool down after being in a burning home.

Firefighters rest and cool down after being in a burning home.

Mecey said there were two people home at the time of the fire and one was checked at the scene by EMS for burns, but refused care.

As firefighters fought the blaze from both ends of the house, smoke poured from the roof and eaves. Flames eventually broke through the roof which started to collapse in the center.

Several agencies came out to assist the Farmington Fire Department with the fire including Wolf Creek, Desloge and Doe Run Fire Departments, the Farmington Police Department and the St. Francois County Ambulance District.

Mecey said the State Fire Marshal’s Office was contacted to come out and investigate the cause of the fire. 

He added there has been no determination of what caused the fire at this time.

Two firefighters are injured in a house fire Monday after the fire flashed, creating unbearably hot conditions.

Two firefighters are injured in a house fire Monday after the fire flashed, creating unbearably hot conditions.

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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