Authorities wrap up search at Boone County fire scene

10 months 3 weeks 1 day ago February 25, 2016 Feb 25, 2016 Thursday, February 25 2016 Thursday, February 25, 2016 10:48:00 AM CST in News
By: Katie Pylipow, KOMU 8 Digital Producer and Madeline Odle, KOMU 8 Reporter
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BOONE COUNTY - A mobile home and barn caught fire in northern Boone County Thursday morning.

Authorities were dispatched to 7630 Hwy VV around 10 a.m. Firefighters extinguished the fire in the mobile home around 11:30 a.m.

A barn on the same property caught fire around 11:45 a.m. The Boone County Fire Department breached one door to the barn then set up a defensive maneuver outside.

Firefighters said they did not know if someone was barricaded inside the barn and were taking precautions to protect themselves from the unknown. Armed Boone County sheriff deputies surrounded the barn as part of a precautionary measure.

The barn later collapsed and firefighters said, if someone was inside, they would not survive. Assistant Chief Gale Blomenkamp later said firefighters were searching for remains but they may be hard to find if they exist. 

Detective Tom O'Sullivan of the Boone County Sheriff's Department later confirmed that no remains were found at the site of either fire.

Blomenkamp said the property's overseer told firefighters the woman who lived in the mobile home was inside the barn while it was burning, and probably armed. Later Thursday, authorities said the woman was not anywhere on the property during the fires and they made contact with her elsewhere. They could not say whether someone else may have been on the property during the fires.

The property has a history of methamphetamine, Blomenkamp said.

Boone County Fire Captain Martina Pounds said a married couple lived in the home but did not confirm if they were home at the time of the fire.

Boone Co. Fire Protection District closed Hwy VV between Small Lane & Mauller Road due to the fire.

Here are some interviews with Blomenkamp at the scene.

O'Sullivan says the investigation will continue in the hands of the Boone County Fire Department.

[This story and its headline have been updated to reflect the latest information available.]

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