HANNIBAL, Mo. — Hannibal firefighters battled a pair of blazes Monday that heavily damaged two residences.
Firefighters said a home at 1900 Hope St. sustained heavy smoke and fire damage to the kitchen and heavy smoke damage throughout the structure Monday afternoon.
A press release from the Hannibal Fire Department said firefighters responded at 1:43 p.m. and found heavy smoke and fire coming from the rear of the structure. They said crews contained and extinguished the blaze within 15 minutes.
Officers said no one was home at the time of the fire, which remains under investigation.
A total of 17 firefighters responded to the fire.
Another fire Monday night damaged a home at 608 N. Hawkins St.
Firefighters were called at 10:23 p.m. and found heavy smoke and fire coming from the front and roof of the structure. Seventeen firefighters contained and extinguished the fire within 25 minutes of arrival.
A department press release said the home was occupied by one adult, three children and several pets at the time of the fire, but all were able to get out due to being alerted by working smoke detectors. The structure sustained heavy smoke damage through and heavy fire and heat damage to the first floor.
The Hannibal Fire Department investigated with help from the Missouri State Fire Marshal's office and found the fire originated in the living room, according to a department press release, but the direct cause was undetermined due to the extent of the fire and the lack of evidence at the point of origin. The fire has been ruled accidental, and the investigation has been closed.
Firefighters remained at the scene until 5:46 a.m. Tuesday completing salvage, overhaul and investigation operations.
The department was assisted at the scene of both fires by the Marion County Ambulance District, Hannibal Police Department, Hannibal Street Department, Hannibal Board of Public Works and Atmos Energy.
Firefighters said bitter cold conditions complicated fighting both fires.
“Water and cold temperatures make ice. We had to fight some bad weather conditions,” Assistant Chief Mark Van Winkle said.
He said the crew working today focused on getting the trucks put back together.
“Our hoses once we get done using them we can't put them back on the truck. We've got them thawing,” he said. “We're ready to respond, of course, but we're making sure everything is good to go. It just takes a little bit longer. There's a little cleanup to do.”