House fire results in close call for Troy firefighters

Posted on Monday, January 21, 2013 at 8:30 am

Firefighters from the Lincoln County Fire Protection District responded  late Monday evening (Jan.14) to a residential fire which was occupied by a family.

According to a district report, the firefighters were dispatched to the 1000 block of Old Cap Au Gris in Troy for a reported structure fire. Firefighters arrived to find smoke coming from the eaves of the home. The homeowner told firefighters of a fire in the basement.

After rescuing a dog from the home, firefighters entered through the front door and proceeded to the basement. While firefighters were in the basement, fire extended through a bathroom floor and quickly engulfed the living room and front door, blocking one of their escape routes. “The flashover also caused their hoseline to rupture and lose water pressure,” said Barry Nuss, district fire marshal and public information officer.

Firefighters were ordered to evacuate the building and emerged from the basement into the kitchen with flames rolling over their heads. They quickly found an alternative exit through the rear door of the home and escaped unharmed.

Nuss added that  the family of four were asleep in the home when the parents awoke to a smell of smoke in the home. On investigating the source, they found a fire in the basement of the home. A male occupant attempted to extinguish the fire with a bucket of water while his wife and two children escaped. The man was unsuccessful and evacuated the residence.

“The cause of the fire is undetermined, but electrical factors cannot be ruled out,” said Nuss.

He added that no one was injured. In all, approximately 30 firefighters responded to the scene. Additional units were called in due to the cold weather conditions. Mutual aid companies included Old Monroe, Winfield-Foley and Wentzville Fire Protection Districts.

On this date and during the last week, Lincoln County Fire was dispatched to five separate reported structure fires, said Nuss.  Most of which caused almost no damage and were confined to furnaces and other appliances. The primary factor resulting in these smaller fires was a lack of appropriate care and maintenance of appliances.

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