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Firefighters were called to a home engulfed in flames Wednesday afternoon. One person was injured in the blaze.

Big River Fire Chief Dave Pratte said they received a call for a house fire on Reese Street in East Bonne Terre.

“As we came over the hill out of town there was heavy black smoke showing,” Pratte said. “When we arrived at the scene with the first pumper the complete structure was on fire from one end to the other of that 40 foot trailer.”

The chief said it was an extremely quick moving fire.

“Our mutual aid companies came in and supplied us with water and manpower,” added Pratte. “There wasn’t water access here, so we had tankers coming with hoses ran from the truck down to the house refilling our water supply.”

Two people lived in the trailer. A female who was home at the time suffered some minor burns and smoke inhalation and was taken to the hospital. Pratte said they would be following up with her at the hospital.

“There was a lot of fire very quickly,” said Pratte. “That’s different from what we typically see. With trailers you normally see one end burning, but this was across the entirety of it. I always say you have two to three minutes and this is a perfect example. I came across town in two to three minutes and it was totally involved.”

Pratte said there was no stopping it at that point and the home was a total loss. Departments who assisted included Desloge, Goose Creek, Lake Timberline, Farmington, Leadington and Park Hills.

An investigator with the state fire marshal’s office was called in to investigate the cause of the fire.

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



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