At 3:30 a.m. on Jan. 30, the third shift of Independence Fire/EMS was alerted for a possible structure fire.
An police officer was on patrol in the area reported a fully involved one-story wood--frame dwelling within moments of dispatch. The lieutenant requested a second alarm while enroute bringing in off-duty personnel and the department chief.
Upon arrival it was determined that all occupants had evacuated the home and a water supply was established.
Due to freezing temperatures the water supply soon became inadequate.
Mutual aid was requested from Montgomery County Rural Fire who responded with a tender and vehicles to set up a water shuttle.
The house was a total loss.
A total of one quint, four engines, one Tender, two ALS ambulances and two command vehicles responded 27 personnel.
Crews remained on scene until 9:00 a.m.
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