A residence on state Route Y in La Monte, just east of state Route 127, was destroyed Monday evening after a fire damaged the entire structure.
The fire is the second in two days on state Route Y in La Monte, with Sunday’s auto sales building fire taking place less than a mile away from Monday’s residence fire. La Monte Community Fire Department Assistant Chief Mariah Durham said the call came in between 3:45 and 4 p.m. Monday, and by the time crews were on scene large flames could be seen from the home.
“When we got the call, the attic was fully engulfed and moving into the garage,” she said. “We arrived on scene, immediately hooked up the hoses, started pumping water. We called for Pettis County (Fire District) for water support. When we saw what we had going on we also called for Green Ridge (Fire Department).”
Pettis County Ambulance District was also on scene. Tankers from PCFD and GRFD made several trips to fill up with water to help La Monte firefighters combat the fire. Due to how quickly the home was engulfed, the firefighters were simply trying to contain the fire.
“We’re just trying to keep it from spreading, control it, let it fall in on itself,” Durham said.
While the cause wasn’t officially determined by press time, Durham said it was “suspect of a flue fire.” The residence’s occupants were home when the fire started, but Durham said they all made it out safely. No injuries were reported.
Freezing temperatures continued to drop as the sun set Monday night, and because of the amount of water runoff from the scene, MoDOT was called in to treat the portion of Route Y near the home, which was blocked off by Pettis County Sheriff’s Office deputies during the incident. The road reopened around 9 p.m. Monday. The cold weather also affected the firefighters on scene.
“My guys are froze solid. Many of them are chopping the ice off their pants just to even walk,” Durham said. “The truck plate gets very slippery, it gets very dangerous.”
Nicole Cooke can be reached at 660-530-0138 or @NicoleRCooke.