User Login    
 + Register
News : 3 Fires Reported In Vacant Buildings In St. Joe
Posted by Randy on 2014/3/31 4:20:00 (224 reads) News by the same author

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) - For the third time in a week, fire erupted in a vacant structure early Saturday, scaring Midtown neighbors and scrambling multiple fire units.
Click to see original Image in a new window

“I heard a muffled boom,” said Richard Watkins, who lives on North 16th Street. Mr. Watkins got up, went out onto his back deck, and all he could see was smoke. That was about 4:30 a.m.

“I went back inside and walked out front, where I saw flames and called 911,” he said.

What Mr. Watkins saw was an older, two-story frame house at 418 N. 16th St., located about halfway between Faraon Street and Buchanan Avenue, fully involved on the second floor.

No one has lived there since December, except for an occasional homeless person who might have broken in, Mr. Watkins said.

“With fire on the second floor, it was too dangerous to let firemen enter to search or attack the flames,” said Pat Linscott, acting battalion chief.

Initially, firemen contained the blaze, but they couldn’t put it out. Within a half-hour, flames broke through the attic roof.

Mr. Linscott ordered a two-man crew into the bucket on Truck 7, and sent it skyward to battle the roof. Engine 12 parked in front of the flaming house and raised its boom with a hose line to pour more water onto erupting flames.

Because of the danger to firemen, a KCP&L employee cut power so if a line fell, it wouldn’t electrocute anyone. Residents in the neighborhood were without power for about an hour.

For the next hour, firemen would attack a blazing area of the building. “The balloon construction allowed the fire to race up and down through the house,” Mr. Linscott said.

Sunrise revealed a smoldering structure, and vacant windows showed charred timber throughout.
While the department hasn’t ruled that an arsonist is working in the Midtown area, three fires in a week are disconcerting.

Neighbors need to keep an eye on vacant structures and report any suspicious activity, said Fire Chief Mike Dalsing, who came to the scene.

Inspector Jason Ziph began an investigation, but no cause has been determined.

A fire also started with a small boom on Mount Mora Road last Saturday, causing $40,000 in damage, but no cause has been determined. A suspicious fire Tuesday on Buchanan Avenue destroyed another structure. All three fires in the past week have involved empty houses.

Printer Friendly Page Send this Story to a Friend Create a PDF from the article


Other articles
2015/2/27 17:00:00 - Trenton Superintendent Resigns To Take Maryville Job
2015/2/27 13:16:21 - NCMC Lady Pirates To Play For Back-To-Back Region XVI Titles
2015/2/27 13:05:16 - NCMC Pirates Stunned By Penn Valley, End Season At 22-7
2015/2/27 9:41:34 - Indiana May Allow "Baby Boxes" For Surrendering Newborns
2015/2/27 9:30:33 - 8 Shot To Death, Including Gunman In Missouri Rampage
2015/2/27 7:28:59 - Gallatin Board Of Aldermen Meeting Report
2015/2/27 4:21:18 - FCC Adopts Net Neutrality Rules To Ban Internet Discrimination
2015/2/27 4:15:34 - Jurors Find Missouri Man Not Guilty Of Murder
2015/2/27 4:12:29 - Police: Body Found In Kansas City Well Identified
2015/2/27 4:04:00 - CDC Looking Into Dangerous Bacteria In Doctors' Offices
2015/2/27 3:57:34 - Branson EMT, Joplin Couple Among Those Indicted for Child Sexual Exploitation
2015/2/26 10:18:02 - Livingston County Sheriff Reports Recent Activities
2015/2/26 9:15:56 - Laredo Man Faces Multiple Charges In Grundy County
2015/2/26 9:13:10 - North Mercer, Princeton Students Receive Kauffman Scholarship
2015/2/26 9:10:03 - Trenton Ministerial Alliance To Hold Event
2015/2/26 8:49:46 - Associate Division Circuit Court News At Trenton
2015/2/26 6:37:05 - Spickard Man Faces Multiple Charges In Grundy County
2015/2/26 4:09:54 - Right To Farm Opponents Argue Ballot Language In Court
2015/2/26 4:06:29 - Manhunt Continues For Missouri Man Accused Of Domestic Assault
2015/2/26 4:03:29 - Columbia Man In Jail After Making Threatening Phone Calls
2015/2/26 4:00:27 - Prescription Drug Database Bill Endorsed By Missouri House
2015/2/26 3:54:39 - Missouri Traffic Stop Yields 400 Pounds Of Pot-Laced Chocolate Bars
2015/2/26 3:50:12 - Spacewalking Astronaut Safe After Water Leaks Into Helmet
2015/2/26 3:46:06 - St. Joseph Man Sentenced For Attempted Murder Of An Informant
2015/2/25 10:59:05 - Milan Wildcats Pounce To 72-60 District Win Over Marceline
2015/2/25 10:42:54 - Mercer Boys Win District Thriller Over Green City, 54-53
2015/2/25 10:30:00 - No Easy Solution For Highway 65 / 28th Street Intersection At Trenton
2015/2/25 10:27:07 - Trenton Lady Bulldogs Spring District Upset Of Richmond, Play Chillicothe Thursday
2015/2/25 10:19:19 - Trenton Board Of Public Works Meets
2015/2/25 10:16:39 - Milan Wildcat Coaches Shows For Thursday, 2/26/15



Bookmark this article at these sites

                   

Listen to KTTN-FM