BOONE COUNTY - A residential fire in Boone County Wednesday left a home a complete loss. A passerby reported the fire on route J around noon. When Boone County firefighters arrived, they found flames in the back of the house. Fire officials on scene said the fire began in the basement of the house. They were unable to fight the fire from inside the house due to dangerous conditions. Crews found a 100-pound propane tank inside the house as well as ammunition that forced firefighters to retreat.
A total of 33 firefighters were called to the scene with two engines and five tanker trucks to transport water to the rural location. Boone County Division Chief Gale Blomenkamp said he did not believe any people or animals were in the home at the time of the fire, and no one was injured.
One of the main issues they faced when fighting this fire was the water supply in the rural location. Blomenkamp reported the nearest water supply was more than a mile away, forcing the district to haul water to the location using tanker trucks.
There is no report of the exact cause of the fire, and there is not yet an estimate on the damages, but fire officials reported the home was a "complete loss."