Two die in residential fire south of Gower

Clinton County Sheriff Larry Fish reports two adults died in a residential fire south of Gower on Tuesday morning, December 7. Fire crews also discovered several animals that died. Fish says the communications center received multiple 911 calls about the fire. Gower and Plattsburg fire departments were dispatched to the scene as well as the […]

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Thanksgiving begins a period of higher fire risk as friends and relatives gather to celebrate the holidays

More Missourians are expected to travel and gather together this year for larger Thanksgiving and holiday celebrations after a quieter holiday season in 2020 because of COVID-19. State Fire Marshal Tim Bean is advising folks to reduce the risk of fires as we enter the five-week period of elevated fire hazards. “Thanksgiving begins a five-week […]

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Brookfield man injured in 3-vehicle crash at Highway 36 on-ramp

The Highway Patrol reports a Brookfield man sustained minor injuries in a three-vehicle accident in Marceline on Tuesday morning, November 9. An ambulance transported the driver of the car 24-year-old Keegan Sheppard to Pershing Memorial Hospital. No injuries were reported for the drivers of a pickup truck, 63-year-old C. G. Mick of Brookfield, or a […]

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Audio: “Falling back” should remind Missourians of safety says Missouri State Fire Marshal

Three out of five home fire deaths happen in homes without working smoke alarms. As we approach Daylight Saving Time this weekend, Missouri’s state fire marshal is reminding us to protect ourselves and our families.  State Fire Marshal Tim Bean is asking that you use the clock-changing occasion to make sure you have working smoke […]

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Fire Prevention Week 2021 focuses on understanding smoke and carbon monoxide alarm sounds

Americans are bombarded by more rings, beeps, chirps, and electronic sounds than ever before. Next week, National Fire Prevention Week 2021 (Oct. 3-9) focuses on the importance of understanding what the sounds coming from smoke and carbon monoxide alarms mean and making sure everyone knows how to respond. The campaign is called “Learn the Sounds […]

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Chillicothe Fire Department responds to vehicle fire on Grandview Street

The Chillicothe Fire Department responded to a vehicle fire at 408 Grandview Street on September 8, 2021. Captain and Emergency Medical Technician Tracy Bradley says the caller reporting the fire did not believe anyone was in the vehicle. A Chillicothe Police officer on the scene said the fire was in the engine compartment. Upon arrival, […]

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Former Trenton resident promoted to Deputy Fire Marshal of Johnson County Fire District 1

A former Trenton resident has been promoted to Deputy Fire Marshal of the Johnson County Fire District 1 of Gardner, Kansas. Chief Bradly Ralston received the official placement of a new badge at a pinning ceremony last week. Ralston began his career as a volunteer firefighter with Gardner Public Safety and joined Fire District 1 […]

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Two from Chillicothe charged with multiple counts of child abuse

Two Chillicothe residents have been charged with three felony counts of abuse or neglect of a child following a house fire in Chillicothe in January. Twenty-seven-year-old Donnie Clay Matheson’s charges involve serious emotional or physical injury. The bond for Matheson and 26-year-old Heather Louise Woods is $15,000 cash only, no surety for each. Probable cause […]

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Chillicothe Fire Department responds to house fire on Cherry Street

A house fire Thursday night in Chillicothe is under investigation by authorities. Chillicothe Police said the state Fire Marshal’s Office was called in to investigate the cause of the fire at a house on Cherry Street. Police Chief Rick Sampsel reported residents there were evacuated. Chillicothe Fire Captain/EMT Tracy Bradley reported the department was notified […]

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Chillicothe woman charged with felony arson after setting residence ablaze with daughter inside

A Chillicothe woman accused of intentionally setting fire to a residence in the 1500 block of Jackson Street in Chillicothe on January 10th while her daughter was inside has been charged with first-degree felony arson. Fifty-nine-year-old Tomi Joy Novak’s bond is $10,000 cash only, and she is scheduled for court on January 22nd. A probable […]

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Fire that started in a jail cell closes the Nodaway County Jail

No inmates were reported injured in a fire at the Nodaway County Jail that started Thursday night, January 14th. Sheriff Randy Strong says jail staff reported the fire started in a men’s jail cell. Jailers moved inmates with the help of deputies and Maryville police. University police and Nodaway County Ambulance also assisted. The Maryville […]

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Chillicothe Fire Department responds to garage fire on County Road 2313

The Chillicothe Fire Department reports a fire on Wednesday destroyed a garage, a couple of vehicles, a tractor, and other equipment.m The owners were listed as Jim and Linda Souders of 9857 Livingston County Road 2313. Upon arrival at the scene, firefighter and paramedic Zach Parks said a detached two-car garage/machine shed was fully engulfed. […]

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Suspect identified in suspicious house fire on Jackson Street in Chillicothe

The Chillicothe Fire Department on Sunday night responded to a house fire on Jackson Street and with the help of Chillicothe police, assisted in getting one occupant outside. While in route, Lieutenant and Paramedic Jonathan Nolan reported a dispatcher reported the fire was in the basement where the occupant was located. The initial review of […]

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Fire destroys garage in rural Livingston Coundy

Fire Saturday morning destroyed a detached garage at 13518 Livingston County Road 269. According to firefighter and medic Lyle Lowe of the Chillicothe department, the Wheeling Fire Department contacted the Missouri State Fire Marshal’s office to investigate the cause. Chillicothe firefighters assisted the Wheeling Fire Department in extinguishing the blaze. The owner of the property […]

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Volunteer firefighter with Bethany Fire Department charged with arson and animal abuse

A volunteer firefighter with the Bethany Fire Department accused of intentionally setting a fire at a house rented and occupied by his mother and two brothers on December 15th has been charged with second-degree felony arson. Nineteen-year-old Dakota Sean Cox has also been charged with misdemeanor animal abuse. His bond was set at $25,000 cash only, […]

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Mercer County Fire Protection District provides additional details regarding Cedar Ridge Apartments fire

A dispatcher with the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office confirms there are no known injuries among occupants of the Cedar Ridge Apartments who were able to escape a raging fire with heavy smoke yesterday afternoon. The Mercer County Fire Protection District was dispatched to the blaze east of Princeton on Highway 136. When crews arrived, the […]

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Video: Fire destroys apartment complex east of Princeton

Facebook videos from last evening show a raging fire with heavy smoke at the Cedar Ridge Apartments east of Princeton. Mercer County Fire Protection District, along with other departments, responded to the scene which has an address of 20802 Highway 136 of Princeton. Social media entries indicated the smoke could be seen from miles away. […]