Boone County house a total loss after fire

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 | 10:16 p.m. CST
The Boone County Fire Protection District responded to a fire in rural Boone County on Tuesday. The home was a total loss.

COLUMBIA — A white modular home on Highway O in rural Boone County was significantly damaged in a fire Tuesday. After the blaze was put out, about half of the house was burned, and part of its roof was gone.

The fire was reported at 3:32 p.m Tuesday, said Gale Blomenkamp, public information officer for the Boone County Fire Protection District. The house was empty at the time.

Capt. Ralph Lee, the incident commander for the fire district, said the fire was on the first floor of the house.

Blomenkamp said that no one was injured while the fire was being put out and that it took three engines and four tankers full of water to extinguish the blaze.

The damage to the home is considered a total loss, with 50 percent of the building burned and smoke damage throughout, Blomenkamp said. The estimated cost amounted to $100,000, which included the structure and its contents.

For modular homes, "you don't fix it; you have to replace it," Blomenkamp said.

The cause of the fire was still under investigation Tuesday evening, and investigators will return to the scene Wednesday, Blomenkamp said.

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