Farmington, Missouri: On November 24, 2005 at 7:57 p.m. the Farmington Fire Department responded to a residential structure fire in the 300 Block of Hawthorn Dr. Before fire companies arrived on the scene Police Officers on the scene reported to the 911 Communications Center that the single story structure had heavy fire and smoke showing from the rear of the house. The first fire engine company arrived on the scene at 8:00 p.m. and attempted to enter the home and encountered heavy fire and heat conditions forcing the firefighters out of the home. Immediately firefighters requested a Second Alarm response for additional fire companies to assist with battling the fire. It was determined that the occupants of the home were not home at the time the fire was reported. The fire was brought under control within an hour with no injuries to firefighters. Firefighters remained on the scene until 12:30 p.m. conducting overhaul operations, ensuring that the fire was extinguished and conducting an investigation into the cause of the fire with the Missouri State Fire Marshal.

Fire Departments responding on the initial first alarm response: Farmington, Wolf Creek, and Doe Run. The responding fire departments on the second alarm response: Park Hills, and Deslodge. Leadington Fire Department moved up to the Farmington Fire Station for coverage. St. Francois County Ambulance District was on the scene assisting. A total of 36 firefighters and seven fire companies responded.

Cause of the fire is under investigation by the Farmington Fire Department Fire Officials and the Missouri State Fire Marshal’s office.