Family evacuated as home burns to ground

2 years 6 months 2 weeks ago Thursday, December 28 2017 Dec 28, 2017 Thursday, December 28, 2017 3:56:00 PM CST December 28, 2017 in News
By: Edward Redler, KOMU 8 News
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CENTRALIA - A family is displaced following a fire early Thursday morning that destroyed their home.

Units were on scene within six minutes of receiving the call just after 1:00 a.m. By the time firefighters arrived, the home was fully involved.

Firefighters were on scene for five hours and authorities believe it originated in a wood stove area on the basement or main living floor.

This was the second large house fire in mid-Missouri in three days. A Higbee home was destroyed Tuesday.

Nobody was reported injured in either incident. 

Little Dixie Fire Protection District covers almost 600 square miles and has three stations within their district, but Little Dixie Chief Kenneth Hoover said that is rare.

"A lot of volunteer and combination departments do not have that ability that they can build multiple stations because of funding and revenue that is available to them," Hoover said.

Boone County Assistant Fire Chief Gale Blomenkamp said that rural fire departments are at a disadvantage due to greater distances between home and a lack of resources.

Volunteers make up 72.9 percent of Missouri firefighters, according to the National Fire Department Registry. That's more than two percent above the national average.

Volunteer firefighting is an effective cost-saving measure. Boone County firefighters, roughly 240, are all volunteers. 42 of 44 Little Dixie firefighters are volunteer.

"I've been doing this 44 years now and have been around the country," Hoover said. "I've never been stopped and somebody said 'wait a minute, are you a paid firefighter or are you a volunteer?'"

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