Early morning fire destroys Hartsburg house

Monday, July 16, 2012 | 4:36 p.m. CDT; updated 5:29 p.m. CDT, Monday, July 16, 2012

COLUMBIA — A fire destroyed a family’s house early Monday in Hartsburg.

At 2:16 a.m., approximately 15 to 20 firefighters were dispatched to a house located in the 500 block of West Route M, said Price Nichols, Southern Boone County Fire Protection District public information officer. The house was fully engulfed in flames when the firefighters arrived.

Three family members were home when the fire started but were able to escape safely, along with the family's three dogs. A fourth family member was at work at that time, Nichols said.

It took crews about 45 minutes to extinguish the fire, and the fire caused an estimated $250,000 in damage, Nichols said.

The fire appeared to have started near the rear of the house, but the cause is still under investigation.

Two volunteers from the American Red Cross Heart of Missouri Chapter also responded to assist the family, according to an American Red Cross news release.

They provided resources for the family's immediate needs, such as food and clothing, as well as a two-night stay in a local hotel for the displaced family, communications manager for the Red Cross chapter Mike Flanagan said.

Supervising editor is Ted Hart.

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