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A firefighter works on extinguishing a fire last week. The Mid County Fire Protection District said a trash fire was responsible for the damage (Photo courtesy Mid County Fire Protection District)



Published November 29, 2017

Trash fire destroys trailer

CAMDEN COUNTY - Improper burning has been blamed as the cause of a fire last week that heavily damage a house trailer, according to the Mid-County Fire Protection District (MCFPD)

Last Tuesday night (November 21) at 11:04 p.m., the MCFPD, was dispatched to a residential structure fire at 729 Shadetree Drive.

First arriving units found a very large debris pile on fire, as well as a single wide mobile home with the entire rear of the home heavy involved in fire.

Firefighters made an interior fire attack on the mobile home and were able to bring the fire under control in approximately 30 minutes. The mobile home sustained significant fire damage, as well as smoke and water damage.

The mobile home is considered a total loss.

Additionally, the fire had spread to the adjacent woods, which burnt approximately one-half acre and was also rapidly controlled by responding firefighters.

There were no injuries as a result of the fire. There were several dogs in the residence at the time of the fire and they were removed by firefighters and all appeared uninjured.

The MCFPD stated that the cause of the fire was listed as improper burning. The resident had been burning trash earlier in the day and thought the fire was out when he went to bed. The resident was awakened by the fire around and in his home.

MCFPD would like to remind everyone that before they do outdoor burning, always call the MCFPD burn notification line at 573-346-3262. This will tell you if it is a “Burn Day” or “No Burn Day” in the fire district.

If it is a “Burn Day” people are only allowed to burn natural vegetation. The burning of trash is never allowed.

If it is a “No Burn Day”, this is because the current weather conditions are not safe to allow outdoor burning and everyone needs to refrain from burning.

Anyone doing outdoor burning associated with land clearing will need to contact the MCFPD business office at 573-346-2049 to do additional MO DNR paperwork before they burn. This process will take a few additional days.

MCFPD responded to the fire with an engine, two tankers and two brush trucks and was assisted on the scene by an engine from the Osage Beach Fire Protection District, Camden County Ambulance District, Camden County Sheriff’s Office and the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

All units cleared the scene at approximately 1:30 a.m.

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