A home at 200 Ariel Court in Desloge was completely destroyed by a two alarm fire reported 12:28 p.m. Sunday. No injuries were reported.

"We have no injury reports from occupants or firefighters," said Desloge Fire Chief Larry Gremminger.

The blaze is under investigation by the Missouri State Fire Marshal's Office. Flames were reported coming through the roof when first responders arrived. Smoke from the blaze could be seen from miles away and on US 67.

Captain Terry Hollinsworth was the first on the scene.

"Terry was the first one here. He came in ahead of the truck and found the house fully involved and it went through the roof probably before the truck even got here, so the fire had a good start. It wasn't long into the incident that he called for a second alarm that brought in the additional companies," said Gremminger.

The home was a total loss.

Departments from Big River, Park Hills, Leadwood, Farmington, Bonne Terre assisted. Bismarck was moved up to the Desloge House to cover.

In an unrelated incident, a trailer burned down to the frame on Hampton Road near Arnoldi Road approximately 3:30 p.m. Sunday with no injuries.  

No one lived at the residence. Witnesses on the scene reported seeing the fire, then seeing a bright flash. There was electricity to the trailer and Ameren UE was called out to disconnect the feed.

According to firefighters, Farmington was the first department on the scene and the trailer was almost burned to the ground when they got there.

Departments from Farmington, Doe Run, Pilot Knob, Park Hills and Wolf Creek assisted.

Between the two structure fires, Big River Fire Protection was called out to a brush fire at 532 Old Cadet Road at 1:09 p.m. Sunday.

The brush fire was reported as less than an acre of woods on fire.

Chief David Pratte said the brush fire was quickly contained without incident.


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Pat Pratt is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-431-2010 ext. 172 or ppratt@dailyjournalonline.com


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