Fire guts house outside of Monroe City

Posted: May. 7, 2014 10:25 pm Updated: May. 21, 2014 11:14 pm

MONROE CITY, Mo. -- A home in rural Monroe City sustained major damage as the result of a fire Wednesday afternoon.

Capt. Phillip Cheek of the Monroe City Fire Department said a two-story house at 3538 County Road 238 in Marion County was "a total loss" because of water and smoke damage.

Two people who were in the house at the time were able to safely exit the house; their names were not released.

Cheek said firefighters were called to the scene northeast of Monroe City around 2 p.m.

He said it took firefighters from Monroe City and the Palmyra Fire Department about 3 1/2 hours to get the blaze under control.

"(The fire) started out all contained to the attic," Cheek said. "It burnt through the south end gable. Then it moved through the southwest eaves and flames started showing and there was heavy smoke."

Cheek said a 25 mph wind coming out of the south helped spread the fire quickly inside the house. The structure was still standing after the fire was extinguished. Cheek said the upper level of the house was gutted and the basement of the house had sustained major water damage.

Cheek said the state fire marshal was on the scene Wednesday night trying to determine how the fire started.

"I'm sure it will be ruled accidental," Cheek said.