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A late night house fire in Doe Run is under investigation after firefighters were called to a home in the 2,000 block of Poplar Street that was engulfed in flames.

Doe Run Fire Lt. Jean Usher said they were called to the home at 11:52 p.m. and since it was close to the firehouse they were able to get there pretty quickly.

“It was a fully-involved single-story home and we started attacking the fire immediately,” said Usher. “We called our mutual aid companies in to help from Leadington, Park Hills, Farmington, Bismarck and Wolf Creek.”

Usher said eventually the other departments arrived and it took a while to get the fire put out. She added they were out there into the early morning hours and left after 3 a.m.

“There was one person who lived there and he made out of the home safely,” said Usher. “Two firefighters sustained minor injuries and one was later taken to an area hospital. The other one didn’t go to the hospital.”

Usher said the fire is under investigation at this time and the State Fire Marshal’s Office was contacted.

“We don’t know what the cause of the fire was yet and we hope to find out what caused the fire after the fire marshal does his investigation,” said Usher. “The home was a total loss even though it’s still standing. The roof is caving in and it was burned all the way through.”

Usher said the fire marshal didn’t come out overnight, but came out during daylight to look at the home and talk to the homeowner.

“The fire marshal did make it out and he said he couldn’t rule out an electrical issue,” said Usher. “So he determined it was an accidental fire and fortunately this was the homeowner’s secondary home, so he isn’t displaced.”

Renee Bronaugh is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3617 or



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