A propane line is the likely cause of a fire that destroyed a home Saturday night in Otterville.
According to reports, the Otterville Fire Protection District received a 911 call at 6:45 p.m. with a report that a house at 1086 Red Fox Road in Morgan County had exploded and flames could be seen from the roof.
When firefighters arrived 15 minutes later, the home was “fully engulfed in flames,” said Fire Chief Mark Blankenship.
“(Otterville) had three fire trucks and 12 firefighters working, but we immediately called for mutual aid for manpower and a better water supply,” Blankenship said.
There were nearly 40 people in the house celebrating an engagement party, but all were outside by the time firefighters arrived. Blankenship said firefighters did not treat any injuries on the scene, but was told three children were taken to Bothwell Regional Health Center by a private vehicle for injuries.
“We believe a propane line ruptured in the house, starting the fire and the high winds we were having helped it spread very quickly,” Blankenship said.
The house was destroyed, he added. The homeowners are staying with relatives and will receive help from the American Red Cross as needed.
Firefighters from California, Florence, Smithton and Cooper County assisted at the scene. The Missouri State Fire Marshal is continuing the investigation into the exact cause of the fire.